Atlanta Parents Have Forgiven Their Sons For Trying To Kill Them
Yvonne and Zachary Ervin have forgiven their sons, and hopes the world will as well.
The parents of the two men that tried to kill them earlier this month have forgiven their sons. The victims, Yvonne and Zachary Ervin, nearly died on September 5 when their sons launched a brutal attack on them in their Atlanta home.
Their sons, Cameron, 17, and Christopher, 22, have been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of arson each. The early morning assault, which followed a late night drugging that saw the young men give their parents prescription pill cocktails, also included a failed attempt to burn the house down. After fiddling with the gas line to no avail, the brothers beat their parents.
According to police, the attack continued until a distraction from Zachary Ervin made it possible for his wife to escape and call authorities. Despite the vicious beating that left them both with blunt force trauma, the couple also hopes their sons are forgiven by the public.
"Those were not our boys who did that to us. We did not raise our boys that way," Yvonne Ervin told CBS 46. "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."
Zachary Ervin agreed. “It's all for the glory of God. God's going to be glorified in this situation so what we just need you guys to know is we're not going to sit up here and answer to 'why' as it doesn't matter. It's all for the glory of God. But we forgive our sons and we love them unconditionally and we had to make sure that they understand that," he said.
Though police are still unaware of the motive behind the attack, Cameron and Christopher Ervin are still being held without bail. As for whether or not forgiveness can save them from prosecution, legal expert Manny Arora doubts the charges will be dropped.
"It's not like on television where you say 'I don't want to go forward’ and they magically go away. It's totally the district attorney's discretion, and I can't imagine him not going forward given something this severe,” he told Fox 10.