My dad said he would never have survived what happened to his family in the Charleston church massacre.
He told the New York Times he felt like he was being “frozen” and his body “was melting” as he listened to the radio.
But his son, James, said his dad was “the one who saved me.”
“I know he didn’t mean to do this, but I believe that’s the only way that he could have,” he told the Times.
“If you’re going to save somebody, you have to be the one that they go to.”
My dad, James Lee Vincenzetti, says he would not have survived if he had died alone, but “I would have had a different life.”
He told CNN he thinks his father was “a kind, thoughtful person” who “wasn’t afraid to stand up to bullies and bullies in his community.”
He also said that the Charleston gunman’s family has “done a lot of soul searching” and is “somewhat remorseful” over what happened.
CNN’s Ariela Rumpf contributed to this report.