The parents of David Wang and George Chen are speaking out in a new interview to demand change following Elliot Rodger’s killing spree on May 23 which took nine lives.
Before Elliot Rodger opened fire on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus on May 23, his killing spree started in his own apartment. Rodger stabbed his three roommates, George Chen, James Hong, and David Wang, and the parents of George and David have spoken out for the first time about this horrible tragedy in an attempt to affect change.
Elliot Rodger: Parents Of UCSB Victims George Chen And David Wang Speak Out
“There were several opportunities missed,” Jane Wang told CBS News in a new interview. “We have love in our heart, tears in our eyes, responsibility on our shoulder and we hear the voice from our children from Heaven,” Kelly Chen added.
While George and David’s parents initially didn’t want to speak out about the tragedy, they feel it’s their responsibility to raise awareness for the necessity of keeping a closer eye on your children, especially when they exhibit signs of mental illness. “It’s time for all Americans to wake up, to do our own part,” Jane said, with tears in her eyes. “Maybe it’s too late for our children, but it is not too late for all Americans.”
The Chen and Wang families also expressed their displeasure over the overwhelming focus that has been placed on Elliot as a media figure rather than on the victims.
In their interview, they put some of the blame for what happened on Rodger’s family, and noted that they had not received any word or apology from Peter Rodger. However, Peter did send a letter to them after being contacted by CBS News.
So sad. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the UCSB massacre.
— Amanda Mitchell