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Loughner parents: 'Care very deeply about the victims and their families'

"We wish that we could change the heinous events Saturday," the parents of Jared Lee Loughner said in a written statement Tuesday.

Loughner's family said they could not find the words to express how sorry they feel about the mass shooting that took the lives of 6 and wounded another 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday.

A man who did not answer questions passed out the written statement to reporters in front of the Loughner's Northwest Side home:

This is a very difficult time for us.

We ask the media to respect our privacy.

There are no words that can possibly express how we feel.

We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better.

We don't understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events Saturday.

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We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss.

Thank you, the Loughner Family

The Loughner's son, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is the accused shooter. He made an initial appearance in a Phoenix court Monday.

Loughner faces five federal charges in the killings of U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll and Gabriel Zimmerman, a member of Giffords' staff; and attempting to kill Giffords and two other staffers: Ron Barber and Pamela Simon.

Giffords was the target of the shooting, authorities said.

Additional state charges are likely in the shootings of the other victims, authorities said.

Val Cañez contributed to this report.


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