Parents Forgive Sons Who Allegedly Tried to Kill Them

'We love them unconditionally'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2015 6:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Georgia couple say they've forgiven two sons accused of attacking them in an alleged murder plot. Yvonne and Zachery Ervin spoke publicly yesterday for the first time outside Gwinnett County Court. "Those were not our boys that did that to us," said Yvonne Ervin, who still had bruises from the attack. "We did not raise our boys that way." Christopher Ervin, 22, and Cameron Ervin, 17, face charges including aggravated assault and arson after the Sept. 5 attack in the family's suburban Atlanta home. "We understand there are consequences for what they did, they understand that, but we're just praying that the world forgives them the same way that we forgive them," she said.

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Her husband added that trying to understand a motive isn't important because "there's no malice, contempt," reports ABC News. "We forgive our sons, we love them unconditionally," he said. "We have to make sure that they understand that to strengthen themselves." Yvonne Ervin managed to call 911 the day of the attack, telling a dispatcher that her sons were trying to kill her. She said they had drugged her and her husband by putting Xanax in their drinks before the attack. When officers arrived, they found a bloody scene inside the family's home. Zachary Ervin emerged from the garage covered in blood, Gwinnett County police said. (One of the brothers told police he'd been planning the attack since age 11.)

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