Parents Of Alleged CA Synagogue Shooter Condemn Son In Scathing Statement

Executive Director Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein (C), who was shot in the hands, hugs his congregants after a press conference outside the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 28, 2019 in Poway, California. - A rabbi who car... Executive Director Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein (C), who was shot in the hands, hugs his congregants after a press conference outside the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 28, 2019 in Poway, California. - A rabbi who carried on preaching despite being wounded in the latest deadly shooting at a US synagogue said on April 28 that Jews would not be intimidated by the "senseless hate" of anti-semitism. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP) (Photo credit should read SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 29, 2019 2:28 p.m.

The attorney for the family of the alleged shooter in Saturday’s synagogue shooting released a blistering statement on Monday on behalf of the man’s parents, condemning their son’s actions and distancing themselves from the “darkness” that drove him to attack the congregants.

“To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries,” the Earnest family wrote. “Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold. 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. How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act.”

The family also asked for privacy and said they wouldn’t be commenting further until after the case was “resolved.”

One woman was killed and several were injured when a gunman opened fire at the synagogue on the final day of Passover. The woman who was killed, Lori Gilbert Kaye, died shielding the rabbi from the gunfire.

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