MATTHEWS, N.C. -- As Matthews community continues to heal after the fatal Butler High School shooting, the family of Bobby McKeithen is sharing their memories of their loved one.

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The last 24 hours have been extremely difficult for McKeithen's family, especially as details surrounding the shooting continue to emerge from the investigation.

  • The family of Bobby McKeithen held a news conference Tuesday.
  • They spoke more about the teen, with his mother stating that said he was not a bully.
  • His father noted that it is a tragic situation for everyone and his family is not the only one dealing with the tragedy. 

During the news conference this morning, his parents told us more about who he was and said no matter what people share on social media, they will remember their son as a kind, loving son, brother and friend.

Bobby's mother, Ashley, said that he had a heart of gold and he was not a bully. She said could always rely on him to take care of his younger siblings or help at home.

His father also made a point to remind people that this is a tragic situation for everyone and his family is not the only family dealing with this tragedy.

While this situation is extremely difficult for the family, they also said they hope something will change throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

His parents said they hope school administrators and families look at what happened to Bobby, not only to prevent a gun from coming into a school, but to prevent things from escalating to this point in the future.

A GoFundMe account is set up for Bobby's family.

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