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Dad of Santa Barbara Massacre Victim Meets With Killer’s Dad

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed in a mass shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., breaks down as he talks to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on May 24, 2014, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Jae C. Hong—AP

Richard Martinez, outspoken gun-law critic since his son became a victim of the May 23 shooting, talks with the killer's dad Peter Rodger. No media or cameras are allowed at the private meeting

The father of one of the victims of the recent California killing spree met Sunday with the father of the 22-year-old perpetrator who took his own life.

Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was killed May 23 by Elliot Rodger, met with Peter Rodger, CNN reports. Martinez reached out to Rodger after making several emotional appearances on national television pleading for politicians to enact tighter gun laws restrict gun laws and for media to give a face to the victims, not only the killer.

“I have met Peter Rodger, and plan to work together so that other families such as ours will not suffer such as we have,” Martinez told the New York Daily News following the meeting. “This was a private conversation between grieving fathers who have reached common ground.”

Elliot Rodger killed six people between the ages of 19 and 22 years old on May 23 before taking his own life. His parents had tried to arrange help for him in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

No media or cameras were allowed at the private meeting between Martinez and Rodger.

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