Georgia Parents 'Forgive' Sons Accused of Trying to Kill Them

"We forgive our sons and love them unconditionally," their mom said.

September 18, 2015, 8:36 PM

— -- The parents of two Georgia brothers accused of trying to kill them, said outside court today that they forgive their sons and "love them unconditionally."

The parents, Yvonne and Zachery Ervin, spoke out for the first time today since the alleged attack following a hearing for their sons at Gwinnett County Court, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported.

"Those were not our boys that did that to us," Yvonne, who appeared to have scars on her face, told WSB-TV. "We did not raise them that way. We understand there are consequences for what they did. They understand that, but we’re just praying the world forgives them in the same way we forgive them."

The couple's sons -- Cameron Ervin, 17, and Christopher Ervin, 22 -- are accused of drugging their parents and trying to blow up their home in Snellville, Georgia, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Their mother had called 911 on Sept. 5, "stating her children were trying to kill her and her husband," police said in a news release.

During interviews, the boys "admitted to attempting to set the residence on fire, strangling their parents with a pillow and/or plastic bag, and stabbing the father," according to a search warrant affidavit ABC News obtained from WSB-TV. One of the sons "wanted to cover up the evidence by setting the house on fire," the document said.

During the attack, one of sons also "asked the parents if they enjoyed the Xanax cocktail last night," and that the sons "poured an unknown substance" on their mother and "she felt heat on the back of her leg," according to the affidavit. Police seized items including lighters, flammable substances, weapons, plastic wrap, Xanax pills and a knife, the affidavit added.

But Zachary Ervin told WSB-TV today that "why" their children allegedly attacked them "doesn't matter" and that "there's no malice, contempt."

"We forgive our sons, we love them unconditionally," he said. "We have to make sure that they understand that to strengthen themselves."

His wife added, "God has done miraculous healing with us. We're doing great. We're healing both mentally and physically."

The two also thanked their friends, family and community "for all of the love and support they've given us."

Cameron Ervin and Christopher Ervin have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and arson in the first degree to endanger human life, the police told ABC News. Both brothers remain in the Gwinnett County Detention Center, according to Sheriff's Department records.

In Georgia, 17 is considered adult age for prosecution of criminal offenses.

ABC News' Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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