This is so sad. Elliot Rodger’s parents, Peter and Chin Rodger, are ‘absolutely crippled by grief’ after the UCSB massacre, and they are foremost upset for the families of the slain more so than the death of their son.
After posting a video on YouTube in which 22-year-old Elliot Rodger says, “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it,” he went on to murder six people and injure 13 others. His parents, Peter Rodger and Chin Rodger, are “absolutely crippled by grief,” according to family friend and author Simon Astaire, according to MailOnline, and their concern is not for their own son but for the families of the victims affected by this horrible tragedy.
Elliot Rodger’s Parents, Peter & Rodger Chin, Are ‘Crippled By Grief’ And ‘Distraught’
Peter and Chin, along with Peter’s wife and Elliot’s stepmother, Soumaya Akaaboune, can “hardly get a sentence out,” MailOnline is reporting. “They are absolutely crippled by grief. I know them very well and it is incredibly hard to be in their company, because they are so distraught. It is hard to be near them because they are so devastated,” Simon continued.
Simon added that Elliot’s family “are grieving for those who’ve lost their lives before their own son. They really are, that’s where they are. I can’t imagine the confusion there must be in that. … They are mortified.”
About Elliot, Simon revealed that “He was painfully shy, couldn’t look at you straight in the eye and looked at your feet. It was unbearable. If you asked me last week I would have said he was one of the most reserved, self-contained guys you could ever meet.
Elliot Rodger Was ‘A Figure Of Solitude’
“I remember a couple of Christmases ago I was having dinner with them. I went outside for a breather and there was Elliot, on his own and he was the loneliest figure I think I have ever seen.
“I remember thinking at the time, he was totally alone, a figure of solitude. I apologized and asked if I was interrupting and walked away. He was that kind of shy guy who you never talked to because he was so on his own you felt you were intruding even asking him a question.”
This story is so tragic. Our continued thoughts are with Rodger’s family and the families of the victims affected by the tragic Isla Vista massacre.
— Amanda Mitchell