Colorado Shooting Survivor Forgives Alleged Gunman

From HuffPost Religion:

Aurora Shooting Forgiveness

DENVER — A survivor of the deadly shootings at a Colorado movie theater says he has forgiven the alleged gunman.

Denver Rescue Mission employee Pierce O’Farrill was shot three times, in the left arm and left leg, in the attack Friday at an Aurora theater showing the new Batman movie. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.

James Eagan Holmes is accused of launching the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58.

“Of course, I forgive him with all my heart. When I saw him in his hearing, I felt nothing but sorrow for him – he’s just a lost soul right now,” O’Farrill said. “I want to see him sometime. The first thing I want to say to him is `I forgive you,’ and the next is, `Can I pray for you?'”

Formal criminal charges haven’t been filed against Holmes yet.

I love the rainbow in the background of the picture. It seems apt.


One thought on “Colorado Shooting Survivor Forgives Alleged Gunman

  1. Darrell Beebe July 27, 2012 / 9:47 am

    Pierce understands the truth about and the power of forgiveness. His choice to forgive will bring him freedom. It closes the door to bitterness, anger and hatred. Lewis Smeade said, “Tof forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner is me.”

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