The family of the gunman who murdered nine people including his sister in Dayton, Ohio, withdrew an obituary that was posted for several hours Wednesday in which they described him as "funny, articulate and intelligent" and with a "kind smile."
"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 obit casually stated.
The posting goes on to mention that Connor Betts was a grill cook at Chipotle, an avid reader, enjoyed swimming, was a Boy Scout, was in his high school marching band, played Xbox games and loved watching the Fox animated show "Bob's Burgers."
"Connor will be missed immensely by his friends, family, and especially his good dog Teddy," the obit said.
Brian Koch, the funeral home's owner, said the obituaries were written by the siblings' family.
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"Our policy is we serve grieving families and carry out their wishes," Koch told NBC News on Wednesday morning. "Of course, we stand with our communities at this time of need."
Asked if he considered not running Connor Betts' obit, or if he's faced any community backlash, Koch repeated: “Our focus is to always serve the grieving and carry out their wishes."
"Stephen and Moira Betts apologize that the wording of the obituary for their son Connor was insensative in not acknowledging the terrible tragedy that he created," according to the replacement statement.
"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 gunman wore a bulletproof vest and used an AR-15-style weapon in the attack, police said.
Megan Betts, her brother and his friend arrived at the downtown area in the same vehicle but separated later, police have said. She's believed to have been among the first people shot and killed. The friend was also shot but survived.
Officers, already working in Dayton's popular downtown entertainment district that night, fatally shot Connor Betts just before he could enter a busy Ned Peppers Bar where dozens more could have been killed.