Monday, June 16, 2014

Heartbreaking: Father of Santa Barbara shooter meets with Victim's Dad

 Wow. This is brave. If I ever endured this sort of tragedy I do not think I could immediately meet with my child's killer. It would take time. Bless these parents and all others who are victims of this tragedy.

Christopher Martinez, 20, was one of the students who was shot and killed in the spree. Rodger ultimately turned the gun on himself as well.

The fathers of both young men, Peter Rodger and Richard Martinez, spoke out after the shooting and decided to meet one another.

Photos released today show the men clasping hands and hugging during that meeting, which occurred on June 1 in Santa Barbara. The photos were released today by RALLY, an issue advocacy firm.

"We plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have," Martinez told ABC News affiliate KEYT-TV. "This was a private conversation between grieving fathers who've reached common ground."

Martinez had previously spoken out against gun violence in the wake of his son's death.
"Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say stop this madness?" Martinez said. "We should say to ourselves, not one more."

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