Family, friends gather for funeral of student killed at Butler High School

Funeral services for Bobby McKeithen

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hundreds gathered Saturday at the funeral for Bobby McKeithen, the student who was shot and killed in the hallways of Butler High School Monday morning.

The homegoing services for Bobby McKeithen took place Nov. 3 at Progressive Baptist Church at 1600 Clanton Road in Charlotte.

The visitation was at 12 p.m. and the services were at 1 p.m.

The parents of McKeithen spoke publicly about their son Tuesday, the day after the shooting.

Parents of student shot and killed speak out

His parents stood alongside family advocate Mario Black with Million Youth March of Charlotte who issued a statement on their behalf.

“As parents we never expected we would send our son to school and he wouldn’t return home,” Black read. “The impact this will have on our family is immeasurable.”

The family addressed statements issued by Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox about the shooting stemming from bullying that “escalated out of control.”

Bobby’s mom, Ashley Mewborn, says her son was not a bully. She said her son had a "heart of gold' and helped take care of his younger siblings without asking.

Standing among Bobby’s siblings and father, Mewborn said she wants her son to be remembered as he was- “a sweet young man who was going to be successful if he had the chance.”

Bobby McKeithen Jr., Bobby’s dad, was also present Tuesday. He stated that he has remorse for the family of the student accused of shooting and killing his son.

Matthews police say the shooting happened around 7:15 a.m. Monday in a hallway near the cafeteria inside the school.

Police said a School Resource Officer was nearby when he heard a commotion and saw students running away.

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