In 2003, Lu Lobello, an Iraq War Veteran was a part of a shooting incident that killed Iraqi civilians, on Oct. 23 2012, he apologized to the family, NPR reports.
Nine years after the shooting incident that killed three members of the Kachadoorian family, Lobello apologizes to the members of the family who have immigrated to the United States.
Lobello, who sufferes from post traumatic stress disorder, could not stop thinking about this shooting incident, and after reading the New York Times article about the event, he decided he wanted to apologize to the family.
The article explained the confusion that the Kachadoorian family was facing when they drove into a firefight. The family was in three separate cars trying to flee after the house they had been staying in was bombed. Lobello and other soldiers yelled that if the cars didn't turn around they would shoot. When the cars didn't change direction, the drivers were shot and killed, and two others were injured. Lobello said that at the time this was protocol.
Lobello said he felt that "there was somebody out there who was greatly affected by our actions as a unit, and that we had a duty to them, to reach out to them, to find out how they were doing, and if I could do that I knew I'd feel better"
The meeting was described by NPR as unbearably tense until Lobello shared a cigarette with the husband of a member of the family.
After the meeting Lobello said, "Just letting me into their home and feeding me and meeting with me," it's as if "they were saying, 'We forgive you, and we understand.'"