Museum Shooter's Son Wishes Dad Were Dead

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 3:26 PM CDT
Erik von Brunn.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The son of alleged Holocaust Museum killer James von Brunn wishes his father, rather than a "brave" security guard, had died this week, the Washington Post reports. "I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am" that museum guard Stephen Johns died "and not my father," Erik von Brunn said in a statement. His father, a white supremacist, allegedly gunned down Johns at the museum Wednesday.

“His views consumed him, and in doing so, not only destroyed his life, but destroyed our family and ruined our lives as well,” Erik von Brunn said. “For a long time, I believed this was our family's cross to bear. Now, it is not only my family's lives that are in shambles." Still, Erik says he had a "decent relationship" with his father and never suspected he would hurt others. "He's 88 years old, for heavens sake."