A man who lived in the Boston neighborhood of Scuttlebutt is now saying he’s grateful the gunman did not go to his home and kill his wife and daughter.
Scott and Michelle Gelles were killed in the incident that has reignited debate about the right to bear arms in America.
The Gellars are believed to be the first and only U.S. victims of a mass shooting to be described as “heroes.”
They were a single mom and their 11-year-old daughter was injured.
The shooter, who is also a Massachusetts resident, was identified as James Holmes.
On Tuesday, a vigil was held in the Scutlebutt neighborhood, which is located near the city of Boston.
On Thursday, Gellets family spoke out about their experience with Holmes.
Scott Gellett says she believes the man who opened fire on the family was the same man who killed his parents and siblings in their home in 2014.
Gellet says that’s why she is happy she and her daughter were able to be in Boston on Wednesday night.
“I think it’s just great that the man, who’s now deceased, has a chance to have a voice,” Gelletts said.
“It’s amazing that he was able to take the lives of my parents and my family.”
Gellert says she’s grateful for the outpouring of support, and wants the community to do the same.
“My family is a very strong family and I want the community here to be strong,” she said.
A mass shooting has reigniting debate about whether the right of gun owners to bear guns is constitutional in America, and whether the federal government can step in and restrict the right.
Deval Patrick has vowed to take steps to limit gun rights in the state.
On Wednesday, Patrick announced he is considering legislation that would require all gun owners in the Commonwealth to get a license to own a gun, which would be easier for people to obtain.
“The time has come for Massachusetts to act and take action to protect our citizens, including our own families, by expanding and protecting the right for all of us to own guns,” Patrick said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it will hire 500 more people to investigate the mass shooting at the theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the first in the country to do so.
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