The Brooklyn mother of the man accused of shooting 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard this week released a prepared statement to the press Wednesday, apologizing to the victims of the tragedy.
The audio statement was released as local and national media continue to wait outside the family's Bedford-Stuyvesant home.
In it, Cathleen Alexis says, "Our son Aaron Alexis has murdered 12 people and wounded several others. His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims. I don't know why he did what he did, and I'll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad. To the families of the victims, I am so so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken."
Two members of the New York City Police Department's clergy task force in Brooklyn stood with Alexis in her living room as she read.
They also took out her garbage and bought her groceries.
Family friends who spoke with reporters outside the home say Cathleen Alexis is upset about "untruths" she says are being spread by the media about her son, though no specifics were offered.
"She's very, very sad, under a lot of stress, a lot of duress, and she's grieving for this tragedy for her son as well as the victims. She's a tremendous woman who's very concerned about guess what, the other victims. She's not even mentioning her son," said Bishop Gerald Seabrooks of Rehoboth Open Bible.
Meantime, police in Newport, Rhode Island say they told naval officials about a call from Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis where he claimed to be hearing voices.
Newport police say Alexis called them from a hotel room on August 7 and said he believed someone was using a microwave machine to send vibrations into his body so he couldn't sleep.
He also claimed he had changed hotels twice before in an effort to escape.
Police sent a report to the local naval station, where Alexis said he was a contractor.
It's not clear if the Navy ever followed up.
Despite this report and other reports of violence, Alexis was able to keep his security clearance.
An attorney for a Virginia gun store says Alexis bought a shotgun and ammunition there two days before the rampage.
The attorney says the store ran a federal background check on Alexis and it was approved.
Investigators say Alexis had a valid ID when he entered the Navy Yard Monday and opened fire.
Twelve people were killed before Alexis was shot to death by police
Eight others, including a police officer were injured.