Family of Dayton shooter apologizes for obituary remembering him as 'funny, articulate and intelligent man'

Connor Betts (Dayton Police Department via AP, File)

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WBNS) - The family of the Dayton gunman have issued an apology for the obituary that called him a “funny, articulate and intelligent man.”

The obituaries for Connor Betts and his sister, Megan Betts, were published Wednesday to the Conner & Koch funeral home website.

Connor’s obituary did not mention the mass shooting that happened in the city’s Oregon District on August 4.

"A funny, articulate and intelligent man with striking blue eyes and a kind smile, Connor Stephen Betts, age 24, of Bellbrook, passed away Sunday, August 4th, 2019."

The obituary mentioned his avid reading habits, love for electronic music and singing talents.

Photos were uploaded to the obituary's page that showed him with his family, including his sister.

However, his obituary was replaced Wednesday afternoon with an apology and all photos were removed.

“Stephen and Moira Betts apologize that the wording of the obituary for their son Connor was insensitive in not acknowledging the terrible tragedy that he created. In their grief, they presented the son that they knew which in no way reduces the horror of his last act. We are deeply sorry.”

The obituary for Megan was still posted as of Wednesday afternoon. It did not mention the mass shooting or that she was shot and killed by her brother.

The family mentioned her fascination with geology, her writing talents and love for baking.

"Megan was known as a loving, caring, and supportive friend, always ready to help and do anything she could to make their lives better. They will remember her laughter, her beautiful smile, and her kind heart," the obituary says, adding, "The world is a darker place without her."

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