Saturday morning world Jewry was cast into mourning after John Earnest killed one and injured three at the Poway synagogue in California.
Killed in the attack was sixty-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was buried yesterday, and the three injured were Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Almog Perez and his 8yr old niece who were visiting from Israel.
The parents of John Earnest released a statement through their attorney
”We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue. But our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.
Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold. Like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faith, and a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do. How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act. To that end, our family is cooperating with investigators. We ask only that the media and the public respect our privacy and allow the criminal justice system to work.
Our heavy hearts will forever go out to the victims and survivors. Our thanks go to the first responders who prevented even greater loss of life and the well-wishers who have supported us. And we pray for peace.”
According to San Diego ounty Prosecutors, John Earnest is expected to be charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder