The parents of the accused teenager who shot and pushed to death one worshipper injuring others three also at a California synagogue censured his actions on Monday as “ evil ” and said they had no hint what led him to occur such a brutal incident.
19 years old, John Earnest outraged into the Chabad of Poway synagogue, near San Diego on Saturday and started fired with assault rifles, killing 60-year old worshipper Lori Kaye. The rabbi of the center was also injured.
The parents of the convicted teenager said in a statement, “ we are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue”, disclosed by their attorney.
The ill-fated parents also said, “but our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day ”.
They also added, “to our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries. ”
Preceding of the attack Earnest had published an anti-Semitic screed online in which he professed the responsibility for a deliberate attack against a regional mosque earlier.
The latest attack occurred six months to the day after a white supremacist shot dead 11 individual at Pittsburgh synagogue. The parents of Earnest said, “our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold ”.
They also added, “ like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faith and a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do”.
They stated that the motivations of their son as “ a terrifying mystery” and said they were assisting police to reveal what had directed to “this evil and despicable act ”.