They tried to strangle and shoot us, they put Xanax in our food': Police release dramatic 911 call mother made as her sons allegedly tried to kill her and their father for the insurance money
- Yvonne and Zachery Ervin spoke out at Gwinnett County Court on Friday
- Christopher Ervin, 22, and Cameron, 17, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and arson after alleged September 5 attack on parents
- Ervins said they are healing and that they want world to forgive their boys
- Mother Yvonne told a 911 dispatcher that her sons had drugged the couple with Xanax and then attacked them when they thought parents were asleep
- Brothers accused of strangling and beating mother and stabbing father
A Georgia couple said Friday they have forgiven two sons accused of trying to kill them by drugging and brutally attacking them before attempting to blow up the family's suburban Atlanta home.
Yvonne and Zachery Ervin, both 50, spoke publicly for the first time since the alleged September 5 attack with local news media outlets outside Gwinnett County Court.
Their sons, Christopher Ervin, 22, and Cameron Ervin, 17, face charges including aggravated assault and arson after allegedly strangling and beating Yvonne and stabbing Zachary.
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Yvonne (right) and Zachery Ervin (left) spoke publicly for the first time since the alleged attack by their sons
Yvonne still had bruises on her face while speaking to the media outside Gwinnett County Court in Georgia
Zachary said: 'We forgive our sons and we love them unconditionally.' The attack happened on September 5
Standing next to his wife, who still had bruises on her face from the attack, Zachary said: 'We forgive our sons and we love them unconditionally.
'We had to make sure they understand that.'
Friday was the first time the Ervins had been at a hearing for the brothers, WSB-TV reported.
'Those were not our boys that did that to us,' Yvonne said.
'We did not raise our boys that way.
'We understand there are consequences for what they did, they understand that, but we're just praying that the world forgives them the same way that we forgive them.'
A search warrant released earlier in the week revealed one of the brothers had fantasized about murdering his parents and collecting the insurance money ever since he was 11.
Police did not indicate whether it was Christopher or Cameron.
The couple declined to discuss the motive for the attack and instead spread a positive message.
Yvonne said: 'God has done miraculous healing with us.
'We're doing great. We're healing both mentally and physically.'
Christopher (left) and Cameron (right) Ervin, 22 and 17, were arrested after an alleged attack on their parents
Friday was the first time the Ervins had been at a hearing for the brothers since the attack occurred
The couple declined to discuss the motive behind the attack and instead spread a positive message
While Zachary distracted them during the September attack, Yvonne called 911 and told a dispatcher that her sons were trying to kill her.
She said they had drugged her and her husband by putting Xanax in their drinks before the attack.
When officers arrived, they found a bloody scene inside the family's home.
Zachary emerged from the garage covered in blood, Gwinnett County police said.
The brothers had also turned on the gas to the fireplace and lit a candle in a failed attempt to blow up the house, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter has said.
The parents told police their sons also tried to strangle them, and Yvonne said that what she believed was a flammable liquid had been poured on her, WXIA reported.
The brothers are being held without bail.
- Christopher Ervin, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Cameron were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and first-degree arson
- Mother Yvonne was seriously injured and their father Zachary remains hospitalized with 'multiple stab wounds and severe head injury'
- Alleged attack happened in family's Snellville, Georgia home on Saturday
- Yvonne told the 911 dispatcher that her sons had drugged the couple with Xanax and then attacked them when they thought parents were asleep
- When the dispatcher asked why they had started the attack Yvonne said, 'I don't know, I really don't, I guess they want the insurance money'
- Yvonne also said the sons had taken their parents' shotgun and pistol
Police have released the 911 call an Atlanta mother made as her two sons allegedly tried to kill her and their father at the family's home, attacking the parents when they thought they were asleep.
Christopher Ervin, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Cameron were taken into custody on Saturday after police found them outside of their Snellville, Georgia home.
Their parents Yvonne and Zachary Ervin, both 50, were immediately taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The couple's struggle can be heard in Yvonne's dramatic and disturbing 911 call, which she made shortly before 8am last Saturday.
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Christopher (left) and Cameron (right) Ervin, 22 and 17, were arrested after an alleged attack on their parents Yvonne and Zachary Ervin, both 50, at their Snellville, Georgia home last Saturday morning
Yvonne Ervin calls 911 after her sons stab her husband
'Please send someone to my house,' she begins, breathing heavily. 'My children are trying to kill me.'
'What do you mean that your children are trying to kill you?' the emergency dispatcher asks.
'They've attacked me and my husband,' Yvonne continues. 'They drugged us with Xanax, they've attacked us and they're trying to kill us.'
'My husband has distracted them and I was able to get to the phone please hurry.'
'They tried to strangle and shoot us, they put Xanax in our food, they thought we were asleep and they tried to attack us, They beat me up, they beat him up, they're trying to kill us.'
'Please please, please hurry,' she continues to repeat. 'Please hurry, please hurry.'
The dispatcher then asks Yvonne where her children and husband are and she reveals that Zachary made it to the garage and was trying to blow the car horn to get their neighbor's attention to the house.
Police released a 911 call made by Yvonne Ervin, who told the dispatcher, 'Please send someone to my house. My children are trying to kill me. They've attacked me and my husband'
Police said they found blood and broken furniture throughout the house (pictured) and also believe the brothers' tampered with the gas line to start a fire
She then tells the dispatcher the names and ages of her sons before revealing her sons are armed.
'They have a shotgun,' she said. 'We have a shotgun and a pistol in the house and I can't find my pistol so I'm assuming they've taken it - and they have his shotgun.'
The dispatcher then asks Yvonne why her sons began their attack.
'I don't know what's going on,' she responded. 'I don't know why they've done this, I really don't, I guess they want the insurance money, I'm not sure.'
She then tells the dispatcher again that she heard her sons say they put Xanax in their drinks and had mentioned it after they began to attack their parents.
'That's why we were so sleepy,' she says. 'We didn't understand why were so sleepy.'
When the dispatcher asked Yvonne why the sons had begun their attack she responded, 'I don't know what's going on, I don't know why they've done this...I guess they want the insurance money, I'm not sure'
Yvonne Ervine told the emergency dispatcher that she and her husband had been 'drugged with Xanax' and that their sons then tried to 'strangle and shoot us' at their Atlanta home (pictured)
Yvonne then tells the dispatcher she's going to try and lock her bedroom door before saying, 'I just heard them say "Where did mom go?", they're headed upstairs now'.
She can then be heard screaming while a voice on the background is heard asking, 'you on the phone?'
Yvonne then tells the dispatcher what sounds like, 'he's dragging me away,' before her line goes silent and the dispatcher just keeps asking, 'Hello? hello?'
Christopher and Cameron Ervin have been charged with two counts each of aggravated assault as well as first-degree arson.
Police said they found blood and broken furniture throughout the house and also believe the brothers' tampered with the gas line to start a fire, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Zachary Ervin had been stabbed multiple times and had a severe head injury after he was hit with a shotgun.
Yvonne, who was 'seriously injured', was found lying on her bed by officers. She has since been released from the hospital but Zachary is still being treated.
Cameron Ervin was outside the home when officers arrived at the scene. His brother was found lying face down in a second-floor bathroom.
Neither Cameron nor Christopher are believed to have a previous criminal record and there is no history of domestic calls at their home. They have yet to provide police with a motive.
'Just kill me now,' Cameron allegedly said in a police cruiser, according to WSB-TV.
'I tried to f****** kill my parents. Who does that?'
Zachary Ervin had been stabbed multiple times and had a severe head injury after he was hit with a shotgun. Yvonne, who was 'seriously injured', was found lying on her bed by officers.