(SANTA BARBARA) – The father of Christopher Michaels-Martinez, a student who was shot dead in the mass killings of May 23rd, near University of California in Santa Barbara, said that he met with the father of the person who killed his son privately on Sunday.
Speaking to KEYT-TV, Richard Martinez said that he met Peter Rodger, the father of a 22 year old Elliot Rodger, at a coffee shop in Santa Barbara. Though he did not discussed the details of the meeting, and called it a “private conversation between grieving fathers.” However, he said that they reached a common ground.
Speaking to the station, Martinez said, “We plan to work together so other families such as ours will not suffer as ours have.”
Martinez has been constantly criticizing the gun laws prevailing in the nation, since his twenty year old son was shot dead in a violent riot that left five more students of UC San Barbara dead. According to the Police, the person who killed, suicided by crashing his car, after the officers moved in.
Just a day after the mass killings, the parents of Elliot Rodger issued a statement saying that they were “staunchly against guns” and were in favor of gun control laws.
On Thursday, in another statement, they said that it had been “hell on earth” after knowing that their son’s actions has led to a tragedy.
In a statement, Peter Rodger and Chin Rodger said, “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. It is now our responsibility to do everything we can to help avoid this happening to any other family.”