Martyn Hett's parents say they only feel sorry for Manchester suicide bomber

'I don't think this person deserves' hate or anger, says victim's mum

Andrew Griffin
Friday 26 May 2017 14:00
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Manchester bombing victim's parents 'not giving in to hatred'

The parents of Martyn Hett, the beloved young man killed in the Manchester attack, have spoken of how they only feel sorry for the attacker.

They have discussed how they feel no anger or hate towards Salman Abedi, the man who killed 22 and injured many more when he exploded a bomb at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert.

Among those killed was their son Martyn, who was a 29-year-old PR manager. He was beloved on the internet, attracting friends and fans through his joyous personality and frequent viral moments.

Clutching the knitted puppets that Martyn had helped her sell, his mum said that she had no feelings of hate or anger towards the Manchester attacker.

"I have no feelings of hate, anger at all – because I don't think this person deserves any of those emotions," she said. "I'm staying with my positivity for Martyn, and that's what I want to hold on to."

Martyn's dad said that he only feels sad for the attacker.

"I suppose from my point of view, I've thought about it and I feel sad for them that they wasted their life for nothing," he said. "What have they got to show? Absolutely nothing.

"Martyn's life is not wasted. He did so much with it.

"There is nothing to say for them. They've wasted a life; their own, not Martyn's."

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