Father of Santa Barbara Shooting Victim Meets With Father of Killer
Richard Martinez is the father of 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, who was killed during the May 24 shooting. Martinez met with Peter Rodger, whose 22-year-old son Elliot killed six people after posting a series of Youtube videos in which he complained about women and his life.
The men have kept the details of the June 1 meeting private. Martinez did say following the meeting that they "plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have," ABC News reported.
Martinez has been critical of U.S. gun laws and politcians. In the days after the shooting, CNN quoted Martinez: "Where is the leadership? Where is the friggin' politicians that will stand up and say, 'We need to do this. We're gonna do something. Those gutless bastards did nothing. And my son died because of it. And it's outrageous. Absolutely outrageous."
Rodger's parents also issued a statement after the shooting that stated they were "staunchly against guns" and supported gun-control laws, the Daily Mail stated.
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