The mother of  Aaron Alexis, the man apparently responsible for killing 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, said that her “heart is broken” in an apology released Wednesday.

Cathleen Alexis, speaking from her home in Brooklyn, New York, lamented that she could not explain her son’s horrific actions.

“I don’t know why he did what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him why,” she said. “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.”

The statement comes two days after her son opened fire at the Navy Yard around 8:20 a.m., killing a dozen people and wounding 14 others before dying in a shootout, according to police.

An ongoing investigation into the shooter’s past has revealed details of his struggle with mental illness, including episodes of hearing voices, concerns of being followed, and the suspect’s belief that people were using a microwave machine to send vibrations through his body.





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  • surleyqbear

    I think it was the perfect statement for the situation. There’s not really much more to say than that without getting into the blame game of how the system failed her son…and that isn’t appropriate when addressing the victims. She shouldn’t have to apologize for him, but it is a lovely gesture that did. Her son needed help and he tried the best he could to tell/show that long before this tragedy. Hopefully, if anything, this situation can shed some light on mental illness. This could have all bee prevented.

  • The Comment

    This is soo tragic. What the hell are our taxes being used for when someone calls and tells the authorities (not Auntie, Uncle Big or Lele) that i’m going bat chit crazy. Come get me?