Parents of UCSB Shooter Say They Are Experiencing ‘Hell on Earth’

LOS ANGELES , CA - MAY 26:  Students of UCSB and UCLA mourn at a candlelight vigil at UCLA for the victims of a killing rampage over the weekend near UCSB on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of assistant director of the Hunger Games, Peter Rodger, began his mass killing near the University of California, Santa Barbara by stabbing three people to death in an apartment. He then went on to shooting  and running down people while driving his BMW until crashing with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. Seven people died, including Rodger, and seven others were wounded.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Photo: David McNew/2014 Getty Images

The parents of UC Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger have spoken out for the first time since last Friday’s killing spree, which left seven people, including their son, dead. “We are crying in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks our hearts on a level that we didn’t think possible,” said Peter and Chin Rodger in a statement read by their friend, Simon Astaire, on Thursday’s Today broadcast. “The feeling of knowing that it was our son’s actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as hell on earth.” Astaire added that the former couple, who had long tried to help Rodger through therapy and raced toward Isla Vista in an attempt to stop him from carrying out his plan, have “diminished” in the aftermath of the tragedy. “They have gone down in size,” he said. “They’re virtually unrecognizable.”