PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz — The aunt of massacre suspect Jared Loughner said her family also is a victim and suffering through nearly unbearable psychological trauma as the result of his actions.
Mary Mitchell said Loughner, 22, is the only child of her brother, Randy, and his wife, Amy. She said the parents realize they have lost their son.
"It's a tragedy, it's horrible," Mitchell said, referring to shooting spree Saturday morning outside a Tucson supermarket. "Randy and Amy need to be respected. They are victims, also."
Mitchell said she is angry about the finger-pointing at the parents in wake of the shootings and the political rhetoric fueled by speculation about what might have triggered her nephew's actions.
"They adored their son. They did their best to raise their son, the best they could do," she said. "We need to quit talking about all the politics. It's disrespectful." (Full story here)