Dad of shooting victim wants to meet alleged killer’s father

'I lost my son. He lost his son. We have that in common,' Richard Martinez tells the LOS ANGELES TIMES

By Glenn Selig
Posted on May 27, 2014 - 10:28am

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Richard Martinez, dad of shooting victim Christopher Michaels-Martinez, is interviewed by the Los Angeles Times

Saying “I lost my son. He lost a son,” Richard Martinez, the father of one of the victim’s in the rampage near the University of California asked to meet the alleged shooter’s dad.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Michaels-Martinez died during that massacre.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the grieving dad said he wanted to meet the shooter’s father so they find a way to prevent a tragedy like this in the future.

“We want, if possible, that the deaths of our son and his son should mean something,” he told The Times.

Martinez’s son was 20-year-old U.C. Santa Barbara student. He was an athlete and an avid reader who had planned to go to London next year to study abroad and then on to law school, like his parents did.

The shooter was identified as Elliot Rodger, 22, who drove his BMW shooting. Police say he killed five students before committing suicide.

Deputies found three semi-automatic handguns along with 400 unspent rounds in the car. All were obtained legally.

Rodger had posted a video on YouTube detailing his plans and explained he was depressed because he was a virgin and girls had rejected him.

Glenn Selig

Glenn Selig is a dad of two, the founder & publisher of Daddyhood and He is also president/CEO of Selig Multimedia, Inc.