Santa Barbara Shooter's Father and Victim's Dad Meet to Grieve (Photos)
Two weeks after the father of Santa Barbara shooting suspect Elliot Rodger and the father of one of Rodger's victims, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, met to grieve, photos of the two together have been released.
On Father's Day, issue-advocacy firm RALLY made the pictures, posted above and embedded below, available to the media.
Richard Martinez told KEYT-TV he met Peter Rodger, the father of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, at a Santa Barbara coffee shop on June 1. He wouldn't discuss details of what he called a "private conversation between grieving fathers," but said they reached common ground.
"We plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have," Martinez told the station.
Martinez has been an outspoken critic of the nation's gun laws since his 20-year-old son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, was shot in the rampage that also left five other UCSB students dead. Police believe the killer took his own life after crashing his car as officers moved in.
Elliot Rodger's parents issued a statement the morning after the killings that they were "staunchly against guns" and support gun-control laws.
They said in another statement Thursday that it has been "hell on earth" knowing their son's actions led to tragedy.
"We are crying out in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks our hearts on a level that we didn't think was possible," Peter Rodger and ex-wife Chin Rodger said in the statement. "It is now our responsibility to do everything we can to help avoid this happening to any other family."