The killer planned his action in advance, leaving suicide letters to his wife and children. Before the police managed to get into the school, I killed myself.
On October 2, 2006, 32-year-old Charles Carl Roberts IV. came to an Amish school in a hamlet in Pennsylvania, took Amish girls hostage there and eventually shot 10 girls (ages 6 to 10) of whom 5 died. The killer was a dairy truck driver from the area, married and the father of three children. He brought milk to some of the victims’ families. He planned his action in advance, leaving suicide letters to his wife and children. Before the police managed to get into the school, I killed myself. The Amish community surprised the world by publicly forgiving the perpetrator immediately after the killings. The Amish also visited and comforted the killer’s wife and relatives, and even set up a charity fund to help the killer’s family. Thirty Amish were at the killer’s funeral, and the killer’s wife was even at the funeral of one of the victims. She publicly thanked the Amish for their forgiveness, mercy and support. The killer’s motives have remained mysterious to this day.