When you bring children into the world and raise them throughout the years, you hope that they will become successful, happy, well-adjusted individuals. The last thing you think you will have to worry about is them trying to kill you.
But that’s exactly what happened to Yvonne and Zachary Ervin. On September 5, their sons, 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher attacked them in their home in the Atlanta area. The young men, who lived with their parents and allegedly hadn’t been violent in the past, brutally beat them. They stabbed their father in the back and tried to suffocate both parents with plastic bags. At one point, Zachary distracted his sons and Yvonne was somehow able to get away and call the police. Police were able to come quickly and save the parents, who sustained blunt force trauma. Zachary had to be hospitalized and was in critical condition for a while dealing with his more severe injuries.
But fast forward to this past Friday and the parents had recovered enough to make it to their sons’ hearing at Gwinnett County Court. Afterward, they talked to awaiting media, and let the world know that they forgive the young men.
“Those were not our boys that did that to us,” Yvonne said to WSB-TV, face still covered in bruises from the attack. “We did not raise them that way. We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we’re just praying the world forgives them in the same way we forgive them.”
Zachary shared his wife’s sentiments, saying they had to stand by their sons in court and have been relying heavily on their faith. “We forgive our sons, we love them unconditionally. We have to make sure that they understand that to strengthen themselves.”
They love and support their sons, despite the fact that one of them reportedly told police that he schemed to kill them since he was 11. And despite the fact that their children are accused of drugging them with Xanax and trying to burn down the family home with them in it, as they had reportedly tampered with the gas line. When that didn’t work, they physically abused their mother and father instead. A motive for the attack is still unclear.
But as Zachary put it, either way, “There’s no malice, contempt.”
Cameron and Christopher continue to be held without bail, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and another two counts of first-degree arson.