Gwinnett parents say they forgive sons who tried to kill them

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The parents who police say were brutally attacked by their sons inside their Gwinnett County home, spoke publicly for the first time on Friday.

Yvonne and Zachery Ervin spoke outside Gwinnett County Court, saying that they forgive their sons.

"Those were not our boys that did that to us. We did not raise our boys that way," Yvonne Ervin told Channel 2's Tony Thomas.

Yvonne Ervin still had bruising on her face from the attack.

"We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we're just praying that the world forgives them in the same way that we forgive them," Yvonne Ervin said, standing by her husband's side.

Chris and Cameron Ervin made an appearance before a judge on Friday. It was the first time that either of their parents had been at one of the hearings.

The boys are accused of drugging their parents and trying to blow up their home on Forbes Trail earlier this month.

When that didn't work, they brutally attacked their parents, police said.

Thomas asked if they forgive the boys.

"It doesn't matter," Zachary Ervin said. "It's all for the glory of God."

"We forgive our sons and love them unconditionally. And we had to make sure that they understand that," Yvonne Ervin said.

Thomas asked the couple how they were healing.

"God has done miraculous healing with us. We're doing great. We're healing both mentally and physically," Yvonne Ervin said.