Parents of Slain Teen, Shawn and Jennea Gordley, Forgive Neighbor Who Shot and Killed Their Son Caleb

on March 20 2013 9:19 AM
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Teen Caleb Gordley was shot and killed this weekend by a neighbor. Facebook

The Gordley family of Sterling, Va., is taking the expression "to forgive is divine" to heart.

A mere three days after their neighbor shot and killed their 16-year-old son, Shawn and Jennea Gordley say they already forgive him.

Caleb Gordley was accidentally shot and killed early Sunday morning after entering the wrong home following a night of drinking with friends, reported the AP.

According to The Washington Post, the teen had been grounded for not cleaning his room when he snuck out of the house. Two hours later, Caleb reportedly entered his neighbor’s home, which looked like his own through an open back window, causing his neighbor to panic and believe he was an intruder. He fired one warning shot before fatally shooting him.

“I don’t blame the gentleman. I don’t know what I would have done,” said Jennea Gordley, who is calling the incident an accident.

“They have the exact same staircase as us, the exact same carpet. Caleb clearly thought he was in his own house. He probably stumbled around and was just trying to go to his room,” said Shawn Gordley.

The family is still grieving but admits to trying to have a positive outlook on the situation.

"All the answers in the world are not going to bring him back” said Shawn Gordley. “We got 16 ½ awesome years out of this young man. We could have had none.”

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman called the shooting tragic.

“My heart just breaks for the family,” he said confirming that no charges have been filed but that the case is still being reviewed.

The identity of the shooter has not yet been confirmed but appears to be volunteer firefighter Donald West Wilder II, based on property records.