Ga. Parents Whose Sons Reportedly Tried to Kill Them: ‘We Forgive Our Boys’

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Zachary and Yvonne Ervin on Good Morning America
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Georgia parents whose sons reportedly drugged, beat and stabbed them earlier this month, in an alleged attempted double murder, went on Good Morning America Monday and insisted that their boys were good kids who had "one bad moment."

"We forgive our boys because that was totally out of character for them. They're not violent; they've never gotten in any type of trouble with violence," Yvonne Ervin, 50, told Good Morning America.


"Just common teenagers," her husband, Zachary, also 50, said.  

The couple told Good Morning America that the Sept. 5 attack by their sons, Christopher Ervin, 22, and Cameron Ervin, 17, was completely unexpected because the only issues they ever had with their children were normal teenage stuff.


"As a teenager, you know, they have issues with, you know, cleaning their room and, you know, having attitudes sometimes when you tell them to do something," Yvonne said. "Just like every family, I'm sure, experiences … but nothing that would indicate anything like this."

According to the Associated Press, on Sept. 5, Yvonne called 911 after her sons attacked her and her husband. She told a dispatcher that before the attack, her sons put Xanax in their drinks and were trying to kill them. When police arrived, they found Zachary covered in blood and a bloody shotgun in a basement bedroom. According to the police report, Zachary was beaten in the head with the shotgun during the attack, AP reports. Yvonne was reportedly choked and beaten during the altercation.


The brothers also reportedly turned on the gas and lit a candle in a failed attempted to blow up the house, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told AP. The two brothers were arrested and have been charged with aggravated assault and arson, AP reports.  

The parents told the morning news show that they were healing both physically and emotionally from the attack. "We told them that we forgive them," Zachary said. "They had one bad moment."


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