Matthew Murray's Parents: 'We Are Lost In Grief'

Guman's Parents Release Statement

The parents of Matthew Murray broke their silence Wednesday to release a statement on their grief following two church shootings by their son that left four people dead and five people wounded.

Murray, 24, killed himself after he was shot by a church security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Police said Murray killed two sisters in the parking lot of the church and wounded their father then wounded two more people before he died. The Colorado Springs shooting happened about 12 hours after police said Murray shot two missionary students in Arvada, Colo, and wounded two others before escaping.

The connection between the two shootings was not determined until after they had occurred.

Murray was the son of a prominent neurologist in the Denver area and a senior consultant, and former medical director, for the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Englewood, Colo.

Ronald and Loretta Murray released the following statement to the media Wednesday morning:

"Out of respect for the grieving families of the victims of this unthinkable tragedy, our family will not be making any statements to the press until funeral services for all the victims have concluded. Our thoughts and constant prayers are with the families of Stephanie and Rachel Works, Phillip Crouse and Tiffany Johnson as well as those who were injured in the shootings. We also are praying for the congregations at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, home of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), and all of the dedicated young people at YWAM.

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"We are lost in grief as we prepare to bury our beloved son, Matthew. We loved Matthew with all our hearts, and we are groping for answers as we try in vain to understand the events of last Sunday. We pray that God will be with our family through the days and weeks ahead and that He will also be with the families of those who have died and those who were injured.

"Our deepest gratitude goes out to those who have offered their love and support through this very difficult time, particularly our fellow parishioners at His Love Fellowship Church and the leadership at New Life Church and YWAM. The congregation at His Love Fellowship Church held a prayer service for all the victims last night. We were deeply moved by that. More than 100 people gathered to pray for the victims. We asked that the service be opened with the following scripture passage and it was read by Philip Abeyta, pastor at His Love Fellowship Church and Loretta’s brother-in-law:"

First Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verses 1-13:

If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging cymbal.

If I possess the gift of prophecy and am versed in all mysteries and all knowledge, and have such absolute faith that I can remove mountains, but am destitute of Love, I am nothing.

And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor, and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love, it profits me nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited.

She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs.

She finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but sides with the truth.

She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance.

Love never fails.

But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if there are languages, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be brought to an end.

For our knowledge is imperfect, and so is our prophesying;

But when the perfect state of things is come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, felt like a child, reasoned like a child: when I became a man, I put from me childish ways.

For the present we see things as if in a mirror, and are puzzled; but then we shall see them face to face. For the present the knowledge I gain is imperfect; but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love--these three; and of these the greatest is Love.

"Services for our son, Matthew, will be held later this week and will be private services for family and close friends."

-- Ronald and Loretta Murray

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