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Tuesday
Jan112011

Family of Jared Lee Loughner Releases Statement

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON) -- The parents of alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner have finally made a statement to the public.

Since Saturday's shooting rampage, Randy and Amy Loughner have sealed themselves inside their suburban Tucson home, blocking access to the front door with a piece of wood to presumably keep people off their property.

On Tuesday, Andrew Harrison Sowards and Jeremy (Eric) Voss, both of the public defender's office, emerged from the Loughner's home to release a statement on behalf of the Loughner family.

The statement, in paper form, reads as follows:

This is a very difficult time for us.  We ask the media to respect our privacy.  There are no words that can possibly express how we feel.  We wish that there were so we could make you feel better.  We don't understand why this happened.  It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday.  We care very deeply [about] the victims and their families.  We are so very sorry for their loss.
Thank you.
The Loughner Family


Voss advised reporters that there will be no public, in-person statements from the Loughner family in the "foreseeable future."

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Parents of Alleged Tucson Shooter Distraught, Secluded

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The parents of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner are reportedly coping with their son's alleged rampage much as they've spent their recent family life: alone and in private.

Randy and Amy Loughner have sealed themselves in their suburban Tucson home, blocking access to the front door with a piece of wood to presumably keep people off their property.

The couple did not attend their son's arraignment in federal court in Phoenix Monday, and one neighbor who's been in contact with them, but asked not to be identified, said they are distraught and grieving.

Randy Loughner is reportedly preparing to release a public statement, the first since their son was charged in connection with shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people.

Meanwhile, in the search for clues to understanding why Jared Loughner allegedly plotted an attack on Giffords' constituent event Saturday, his relationships with his parents and home environment are of increasing interest.

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Monday that he couldn't comment specifically on Loughner's upbringing or mental health, but he noted that his was a "somewhat dysfunctional family."

And neighbors painted a picture of a single-child home that was intensely private and increasingly insular and standoffish as Jared Loughner grew older.´╗┐

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