Neighbor: Parents of shooting suspect devastated

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of a man charged with trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are devastated and guilt-ridden, a neighbor said, mourning their own tragedy as Tucson residents prepared Tuesday for a community memorial service and a visit from the president.

Jared Lee Loughner’s mother has been in bed and crying nonstop since the shooting rampage on Saturday, neighbor Wayne Smith, 70, told KPHO-TV. Amy and Randy Loughner want to know where they went wrong with their 22-year-old son.

The younger Mr. Loughner is charged with trying to kill the Mrs. Giffords, Arizona Democrat, and with killing a federal judge.

“I told them they didn’t fail. They taught him everything about right and wrong,” Mr. Smith said. “We all know you can teach someone everything and have no control how it works out.”

Mr. Loughner’s parents have not appeared publicly or spoken since the incident, though Mr. Smith said the father plans to release a statement.

Dozens gather at a makeshift memorial in front of the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. The memorial was set up for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is still in critical condition at the hospital, and other victims who were shot on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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At University Medical Center, Mrs. Giffords remained in critical condition, but doctors said she is able to draw breathes on her own. Dr. Michael Lemole, Mrs. Giffords‘ neurosurgeon, said, however, that doctors left the breathing tube in to protect Mrs. Giffords‘ airway.

When asked about swelling in her brain on the third day, which is when it often reaches its peak after an injury, Dr. Lemole, who is the hospital’s chief of neurosurgery and associate professor of surgery at the University of Arizona, said a CT scan early Tuesday showed no increase in swelling. He cautioned, however, that it can sometimes take longer for brain swelling to reach its peak.

Meanwhile, the parents of one of Mr. Loughner’s close friends, Zach Osler, described a troubled relationship between the suspect and his parents. Jared Loughner is an only child.

In an interview with the Associated Press, George and Roxanne Osler recalled the only time they met the rest of his family.

In 2008, the Loughner parents showed up at the Oslers’ doorstep looking for their son, who had left home about a week before and broken off all contact, George Osler IV said.

Jared Laughner often spent time at the Oslers’ place, sometimes watching conspiracy-theory movies with Zach and his younger brother, George V.

Mrs. Osler said she was struck by how unfailingly polite he was — far more so than her son’s other teenage friends.

With the Loughners at his house, Zach Osler told them the name of the local hotel where their son was staying. The Loughners were able to patch things up, and Jared Loughner moved back in with his parents, Zach’s father said.

After that, Zach’s father sometimes would see Mrs. Loughner at the local supermarket, though they didn’t chat much. He recalled that every time he saw her, she had at least one 30-pack of beer in her cart.

Jared Loughner grew up on a typical Tucson block of low-slung homes with palm trees and cactus gardens out front.

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