Ohio gunman's parents apologize for 'insensitive' obituary

Henrietta Brewer
August 16, 2019

The parents of the Dayton, Ohio, gunman have apologized for wording in his obituary that didn't mention the mass shooting that left nine people dead, including his younger sibling.

Betts was shot dead by police after opening fire early August 4 in Dayton's packed entertainment district.

The coroner said cocaine, antidepressants and alcohol were found in Betts's system at the time of the shooting.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters that it "weighs heavily on us that some of our rounds caused additional wounding".

The shooter was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time of the August 5 shooting and was likely shot at least 24 times as he made two efforts to get back on his feet after being downed by police gunfire.

Earlier this week a friend of Betts, 24-year-old Ethan Kollie, was charged in federal court with lying his drug use on a form he filled out to buy a gun and with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Police say officers shot and killed Betts just outside the doors of a crowded bar.

"A pipe device was found in his pocket with an attached clear plastic baggie that has been determined to contain cocaine", Harshbarger said.

Following the shooting, a woman who briefly dated Betts, Caitlyn "Adelia" Johnson said that Connor had taken her to gun ranges and on their first date showed her body camera footage of a mass shooting at a synagogue, she said to the Toledo Blade. Authorities are still working to determine a motive.

The obituary for Dayton, Ohio, gunman Connor Betts is stirring outrage after it made no mention of the 24-year-old's mass shooting.

"We are confident in the coroner's finding that no rounds fired by our officers resulted in death of any innocent citizens", Biehl said.

"Stephen and Moira Betts apologize that the wording of the obituary for their son Connor was insensitive in not acknowledging the bad tragedy that he created", a statement now reads on the website for the Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home in Bellbrook, Ohio.

In their grief, they presented the son that they knew, which in no way reduces the horror of his last act.

In the devastating attack, authorities are still not sure if Betts had deliberately targeted his sister Megan.

The family says it will be holding private memorial services.

A judge has been reviewing where Kollie would stay under house arrest with electronic monitoring and other conditions.

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