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'The Pain We Are Each Experiencing Is Unimaginable'

03/27/2014 12:17 pm ET | Updated Mar 27, 2014
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The mother and father of a Florida teen who allegedly killed a police officer with his girlfriend say that the pain they're feeling is "unimaginable."

The parents of Brandon Goode, 18, released the statement in the Orlando Sentinel. Authorities say that Goode and his girlfriend, Alexandria Hollinghurst, 17, killed Windermere police officer Robert German, 31, on Saturday before taking their own lives.

"Our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers go out to the friends and family of Officer German," Ricke and Connie Goode said in their statement. "We are so, so sorry to them for what happened and they will be forever in our prayers."

The teens, both of Davenport, Fla., were walking down the street early Saturday when they encountered German. Some conflict ensued and the officer called for backup, but when support arrived, German was found lying on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to CNN. He was later pronounced dead.

Here is the statement, published by the Orlando Sentinel:

"We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief. We cannot comprehend the senseless loss of Officer German's life, the death of Alexandria Hollinghurst and for our family, the loss of our 18 year old son, Brandon. Words do not exist to express the measure of our sorrow and sadness. Our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt prayers go out to the friends and family of Officer German. We are so, so sorry to them for what happened and they will be forever in our prayers. We know a community grieves and like everyone else in our community, we ourselves are struggling to understand this most horrific tragedy. We have no answers, only questions. Whether mental illness, substance abuse or something else, we are a family searching. We choose and wish to cooperate openly and fully with law enforcement as they mourn the loss of their fallen brother and search for answers that we don't have. We must now ask for privacy. The pain we are each experiencing is unimaginable. There is a young step brother and step sister that desperately need solitude and love. We ask that you respect this situation and understand that they are innocent and too many have been hurt already. We humbly and prayerfully ask that we be allowed to grieve privately as we continue our own very painful journey towards understanding. As such there will be no more public statements."

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