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US parents forgive neighbor for killing teen son

US parents forgive neighbor for killing teen son

A U.S. man shot and killed his neighbors' teenage son when the boy entered the wrong house after a night of partying, but his parents on Tuesday said they don't blame him and forgive him.
Caleb Gordley, 16, died Sunday, shot and killed by his neighbor two doors down. His parents, Shawn and Jennea Gordley, said Caleb sneaked out of the house Saturday night and went drinking with friends. When he returned early Sunday, he mistakenly climbed through a back window of a house that looks similar to his own.
The homeowner called police to report an intruder, confronted Caleb and fatally shot him, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.
Caleb's mother, Jennea, said she believed the shooting was an accident.
"I don't even blame the gentleman," Jennea Gordley said. "I don't know what I would have done."
The Gordleys moved to the home last May. Most of the two-story, single-family homes on the street have similar features.
Caleb went into the neighbor's house through an unlocked back window, Shawn Gordley said.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman called it a "tragic set of circumstances."
"My heart just breaks for this family," Chapman said.
Investigators have no reason to believe that Caleb entered the home with any intent to commit a crime, Chapman said, but his presence in the home was itself a crime.
No charges have been filed in the shooting, though the case was still under review. Chapman said that legally, he does not believe criminal charges would be warranted if the homeowner was in fear at the time he fired the shots.
"You have a nighttime intrusion, when it's dark," Chapman said. "There are two sides to this."
The shooter has not been identified, though property records show the home is owned by Donald West Wilder II. Nobody answered a knock on the door at the home Tuesday, and phone messages were not returned.
Shawn Gordley acknowledged that at first, he was angry and wanted answers.
"But the more I looked for answers, the more it hurt," He said. "All the answers in the world are not going to bring him back."


Updated : 2021-03-09 16:49 GMT+08:00