The meeting was held in secret between the two dads–the father of the shooter and the victim’s father. Now pictures of that emotional get-together have been released.
The two met face-to-face June 1 following that tragic U.C. Santa Barbara shooting.
The photos illustrate what appears to be an emotional meeting between the two men whose lives intersected in a way neither could ever have predicted.
Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a violent shooting spree near U.C. Santa Barbara on May 24, killing six people and injuring 13 before killing himself.
One of those killed: 20-year-old Christopher Martinez.
When Richard Martinez, father of Chris and Peter Rodger, the shooter’s dad, met in Santa Barbara they embraced and they talked.
“We plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have,” Martinez told ABC News affiliate KEYT-TV at the time of the meeting. “This was a private conversation between grieving fathers who’ve reached common ground.”
Yesterday, Martinez was in Washington, D.C. along with others who’ve lost loved ones to mass shootings to push the message “Not One More” American should be lost to gun violence.
Martinez told the New York Daily News that he is angered that lawmakers are more concerned about getting elected than passing legislation that would protect lives.
“To keep their office, to put that above the interest of what is best for the public, is contemptible. It’s just . . . contemptible. And that is the heart of the problem. That is the failure in leadership.
“The job of a leader is to educate the people about the right thing to do.” A wise leader recognizes a just cause and responds to it, even if the majority of the people in his district don’t agree.”