The parents of two Georgia brothers accused of beating them and trying to blow up their house say they forgive their sons and still love them after the alleged attack.
Yvonne and Zachery Ervin hold no grudges against Cameron Ervin, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22, who have admitted to trying to set their family’s home on fire and strangling their parents earlier this month.
“Those were not our boys that did that to us,” Yvonne Ervin, who still has bruises on her face, told WSB-TV. “We did not raise them that way.”
“We understand there are consequences for what they did,” she added. “They understand that, but we’re just praying the world forgives them in the same way we forgive them.”
The merciful couple on Friday spoke out about the horrific Sept. 5 attack for the first time after a hearing for their sons at Gwinnett County Court.
“We forgive our sons, we love them unconditionally,” Zachery Ervin said. “We have to make sure that they understand that to strengthen themselves.”
The two Atlanta-area brothers almost killed their unsuspecting parents by allegedly stabbing their father and trying to suffocate their mother and father with a plastic bag, authorities said.
One of the suspects told investigators he had schemed to murder them “since he was 11 years old,” police said.
Yvonne Ervin may have saved both their lives by sneaking away to call 911 from the family home in Snellville to alert police that “her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” as her spouse distracted the boys, police said.
Source: New York Daily News | MELISSA CHAN