Parents Tell of Church Shooter's Anguish

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The parents of the young man who went on a shooting spree at two Christian organizations in Colorado are talking about their son.  Another family is talking about forgiveness.

Ronald and Loretta Murray, parents of Matthew Murray, 24, opened up about their son's inner anguish on Focus on the Family's radio program Thursday.

On the show, they met David and Marie Works, the parents of two sisters who Murray had killed. During the broadcast, the Works said they had forgiven him.

His parents also hoped to shed some light on what drove their son to go on a shooting rampage last December, killing four people.  Murray also killed two people at the Youth with a Mission training facility in Denver the night before. He then shot and killed himself.

Murray's parents said their son suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, harbored bitterness for being an outcast and unforgiveness against other Christians.

They said their son had problems communicating and writing because of his ADHD. But they said he gave no indication he was about to explode in violence.

Murray was brilliant at computers, they said, but felt rejected and marginalized, unable to forgive his perceived tormentors.

"The lesson is that unforgiveness leads to this bitterness and then opens you up to the spirit of Satan, to the spirit of whatever, and when that occurs, it becomes a power that people cannot control," said Ronald Murray, a neurologist.

Ronald Murray said his son "had never expressed a desire for violence toward anybody," and that neither he, nor Matthew's mother knew he owned weapons.

"He was told he was loved every day," Ronald Murray said.

During the radio interview, the sister of two of the victims also told the Murray's that, as she cowered in the family's van, she forgave the shooter.

"Your loss is more than mine," she said. Her father, David Works, said forgiveness was simply part of the Christian walk.

"Without forgiveness," Ronald Murray said, "I don't think we could have moved on."

Source: The Associated Press

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