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Arizona Shooting: Jared Loughner's Parents "Sorry"

Arizona Shooting: Jared Loughner's Parents "Sorry"
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TUCSON, Ariz. (CBS/KPHO/AP) The parents of Jared Loughner, the man accused in the Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage, are expressing sorrow for what they called heinous events.

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"There are no words that can possibly express how we feel," they wrote in a statement handed to reporters waiting outside their house.

"We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened.

"We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss."

The statement is their first public remarks on the shooting that left six dead and 14 wounded.

On Monday, Randy and Amy Loughner asked long-time neighbor Wayne Smith to relay their feelings to CBS affiliate KPHO.

"They're devastated, and they feel guilty for what happened," Smith told the station. "They want to know, where did they fail? I told them they didn't fail. They taught him everything about right and wrong. We all know you can teach someone everything and have no control how it works out."

Smith said that Loughner's mother has been in bed, crying nonstop since Saturday.

Loughner, 22, is currently only facing federal charges for the Saturday morning massacre. Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall says her office is looking into state charges as well.


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