NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The mother of the man who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard said her “heart is broken” and that her son is now “in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone.”
Cathleen Alexis read a statement at her home in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Her son, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, opened fire at the Navy Yard on Monday before he was killed in a shootout with police.
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“Our son Aaron Alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others,” she said. “His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims.
“I don’t know why he did what he did and I’ll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone and for that I am glad.
“To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken.”
Note from mother of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis (pool)
Bishop Dr. Gerald Seabrook, who stood by Cathleen Alexis as she read her statement, said she was distraught by what happened.
“She’s very, very sad – under a lot of stress, a lot of duress,” he said. “Just put yourself in her position right now and image what she’s going through.”
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Source: CBS local New York