The parents of one of the teens suspected in the slaying of a Windermere police officer released a statement on Wednesday, saying they were overwhelmed with grief and searching for answers.
Polk County sheriff's deputies said 18-year-old Brandon Goode and 17-year-old Alexandria Hollinghurst, both of Davenport, were found dead early Saturday morning in the bushes near Conroy/Windermere Road after the shooting. The duo, who had been considered missing and endangered, is suspected of shooting and killing Windermere police Officer Robert German.
“We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief," Ricke and Connie Goode wrote in a statement. "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."
The Goodes also gave their "deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers" to the friends and family of German.
"We know a community grieves and like everyone else in our community, we ourselves are struggling to understand this most horrific tragedy," the statement read. "We have no answers, only questions. Whether mental illness, substance abuse or something else, we are a family searching."
The Goodes said they will cooperate openly and fully with law enforcement as they investigate and at the same time, ask for privacy.
"The pain we are each experiencing is unimaginable," the statement read, adding that Brandon Goode's stepbrother and stepsister are also grieving.
"We ask that you respect this situation and understand that they are innocent and too many have been hurt already," the Goodes said. "We humbly and prayerfully ask that we be allowed to grieve privately as we continue our own very painful journey towards understanding."
The statement comes a day after deputies on Tuesday released handwritten letters, including a suicide note, written by Goode and Hollinghurst, and reports from Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Services for German will be held at Northland Church at 530 Dog Track Road in Longwood. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. and will be open to the public. A live feed of the service will be streamed on ClickOrlando.com.