Sydney Stabber’s Parents Offer Condolences to Victims

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.14 - 2024 8:51 AM CET

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The parents of the perpetrator have expressed their deepest condolences to the victims.

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Amidst the chaos and heartbreak following a deadly stabbing spree that claimed six lives at a Sydney shopping center, a surprising gesture of empathy has emerged.

The parents of the assailant have expressed their condolences to the victims and their families. According to Australian police sources cited by AFP, this rare response came from a place of profound sorrow and disbelief over the actions of their son.

In a heartfelt communication to the police officer who ultimately stopped their son’s rampage by fatally shooting him, the attacker’s parents also shared a message of support, emphasizing their concern for her well-being.

Assistant Commissioner Roger Lowe of Queensland Police conveyed this unusual interaction, highlighting the complex emotions involved in such a tragic incident.

A Long Struggle with Mental Health

The assailant, a 40-year-old man with a history of mental health issues, had been diagnosed with an unspecified mental disorder since he was 17.

Despite his past interactions with law enforcement, he had never been arrested or charged with a crime, raising questions about the adequacy of mental health interventions.

Assistant Commissioner Lowe noted that the motive behind the horrifying attack remains unclear, with no evidence pointing to religious, ideological, or terrorist motivations.

The attack took place at the Westfield shopping center in Sydney, where the perpetrator targeted multiple individuals in a brutal knife assault.

Among the victims were five women and one security guard, marking a devastating day for the community. Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly before 4 PM local time, with several victims, including an infant, needing urgent medical attention.

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