‘I don’t know why he did what he did’: Navy Yard shooter’s mother releases statement

Posted at 10:49 AM, Sep 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-18 11:05:36-04


(PIX11) – The mother of the man who killed 12 people during a shooting rampage at the Washington D.C Navy Yard Monday released a statement Wednesday morning.

Aaron Alexis’ mother, Cathleen Alexis, told reporters, “I don’t know why he did what he did and I’ll never be able to ask him why.”

Speaking through emotion, Alexis’ mother sympathized with families of the victims saying, “Our son Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people and wounded several others. His actions have a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims.”

The Bed-Stuy resident, dressed in all black and with two bishops by her side, expressed concerns with going back to work and said she has not left her home since Monday.

“Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad,” she read from the statement printed on a single sheet of paper. “To the family of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken.”

Cathleen did not take any questions from reporters.