Devastated parents of virgin gun killer are in 'hell on earth'
The parents of the Californian Elliot Rodger the so called 'Virgin Killer' have said that they are in "hell on earth" knowing that their son was responsible for the rampage in which he murdered six students.
In their first comments since the killing spree, Peter Rodger, a British film-maker, and his Malaysian former wife Li Chin said it was now their mission in life to tackle the mental health issues that they blamed for their son's actions.
"We are crying in pain for the victims and their families," the parents of the London-born 22-year-old student, said in a statement.
"It breaks out hearts on a level that we didn't think possible. The feeling of knowing that it was our son's actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as hell on earth.
"It is now our responsibility to do everything we can to help avoid this happening to any other family. Not only to avoid more innocence destroyed, but also to identify and deal with the mental issues that drove our son to do what he did."
Their son killed himself after embarking on his murderous rampage across a student community near Santa Barbara.
Simon Astaire, a family friend, said that they were mourning the victims rather than their son. They are devastated, physically "diminished" and "virtually unrecognisable", Mr Astaire, a British writer, told NBC's 'Today' show.
He also gave chilling details of their desperate dash from Los Angeles to try to intervene after their son e-mailed out his hate-filled "manifesto" just minutes before embarking before on his spree. They also called the police after seeing the online video in which their son outlined his murderous plans because he could not find a girlfriend. (© Daily Telegraph, London)