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Family of NM school shooting suspect offers prayers, condolences over 'awful tragedy'

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    Troy Tucker, center of Roswell, N.M., holds his daughters Emily Tucker, left age 10, and Hannah Tucker, right age 12, during a community prayer vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014. Officials and witnesses say a 12-year-old boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot two classmates at his Roswell school before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon. A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting yesterday morning at Berrendo Middle School. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Pat Vasquez-Cunningham)The Associated Press

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    Thirteen year old Kimberly Macias cries as she sees schoolmates at a vigil for the victims, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Roswell, N.M. A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales) THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: ROBERTO ROSALES/THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNALThe Associated Press

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    John Masterson and his wife Lea stand outside their door as they talk to the media. Mr. Masterson is believed to be the teacher who confronted the shooter and took the shotgun away at a middle school Tuesday morning. He has been ordered by State police to keep quiet about the incident until he is advised, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales) MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERTO ROSALES/THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNALThe Associated Press

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    Roswell residents attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014. Officials and witnesses say a 12-year-old boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot two classmates at his Roswell school before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon. A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting yesterday morning at Berrendo Middle School. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Pat Vasquez-Cunningham)The Associated Press

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    Crime scene investigators enter the gymnasium at Berrendo Middle School, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Roswell, N.M. A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales) THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: ROBERTO ROSALES/THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNALThe Associated Press

The family of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy who police say opened fire inside his middle school gym is heartbroken over the tragedy.

The boy's parents and grandparents issued a statement through their lawyer Wednesday, saying their thoughts and prayers are with the two children who were shot Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School.

The family says its remorse cannot be expressed in words. They added that they love the boy and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they piece together "how this awful tragedy occurred."

Police say the shooting was planned but that the victims — an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl — were chosen randomly.

Investigators have yet to speculate on a motive.

The suspected shooter is being evaluated by mental health professionals. No charges have been filed.

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