The parents of fallen Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy said that they forgive the teen who was arrested on Friday for smashing their son’s memorial.
“Michael was the type of person who would have wanted to take that man under his wing and talk to him,” said his father Daniel Murphy, according to ABC 7.
Murphy’s parents said they would be willing to meet with the 14-year-old boy, who was arrested in his home in Ronkonkoma, New York, on Friday morning. He was charged with criminal mischief, and his arraignment has not been scheduled, reported ABC 7.
The memorial was found broken into more than a dozen pieces on Thursday. It was a flat, circular piece of granite engraved with Murphy’s likeness and excerpts of his Medal of Honor citation.