LAX suspect’s family expresses sympathy to victims

  • Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 11:30 p.m.
(AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill)
Lawyer John Jordan gives a statement on behalf of the father and siblings of Paul Ciancia on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Pennsville, N.J. Ciancia is accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer.
(AP Photo/Geoff Mulvihill) Lawyer John Jordan gives a statement on behalf of the father and siblings of Paul Ciancia on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Pennsville, N.J. Ciancia is accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 1, killing a Transportation Security Administration officer.

PENNSVILLE, N.J. — Relatives of the gunman charged in last week’s Los Angeles airport shooting expressed sympathy to the family of the security officer who was killed.

An attorney for the family of Paul Ciancia said on Monday that his relatives also expressed hope for the recovery of the other victims and regret for the disruption caused travelers.

The family’s lawyer, John Jordan, is also the municipal judge in Pennsville, a working-class town across the river from Wilmington, Del., where Ciancia grew up. Jordan wouldn’t take questions after reading a brief statement outside the town’s municipal building.

“We, like most Americans, are shocked and numbed by the tragic events of last Friday,” Jordan said on behalf of the family, which said it was cooperating with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

He added: “Paul is our son and brother. We will continue to love him and care for him and support him during the difficult times ahead.”

The family, which had not spoken publicly before, also asked for privacy.

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