In an article in USA today, the mother of the Navy Yard shooter tells USA today how sad she is for the families of the victims, and how she wonders “why” her son did what he did, but because he was killed in the shootout with police she will never be able to ask him.
Our son Aaron Alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others,” Cathleen Alexis says in the statement. “His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims. I don’t know why he did what what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him, why. 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. My heart is broken.”
Her comment that Aaron is now in a “place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad” just broke my heart. I wish I could surround this woman with my arms and tell her that she can still heal.
There is some evidence reported that her son “heard voices” and that he had been in trouble before enlisting when the services started taking some recruits who had some offending background. It isn’t unusual for schizophrenia to first start symptoms of the person being out of contact with reality about age 18-20. Though I can’t of course make a diagnosis based on news reports (which frequently lack all the facts or get facts wrong) it does sound like this young man was not in touch with reality when he killed those people.
I’m not sure if that would be a comfort to her, but I know it would be for me. Unfortunately my son was well in contact with reality and knew exactly what he was doing, getting revenge on someone he thought “betrayed” him by “ratting him out” for the credit card scam. So instead of going back to prison for a couple more years, he’s been back in for over 20 years.
I pray that Mrs. Alexis can find comfort and eventual peace. God bless her is my prayer.