Butler HS Students, Staff Mark 1 Year Anniversary Of Deadly Shooting By Honoring Victim

CHARLOTTE, NC — It has been one year since Bobby McKeithen, 16, was shot and killed in a hallway at Butler High School. On Tuesday, students honored his memory by wearing orange ribbons and spreading words of kindness throughout those same halls.

Plaques, posters and signed murals memorialize the student who was killed on October 29, 2018, over an alleged dispute about the outcome of a fight that occurred off of school grounds.

Friends and classmates of McKeithen say they remember him as a “one-of-a-kind special” guy who was “really nice” and had a “beautiful” and “contagious” smile. His family says he was a teen with a “heart of gold” who loved and was loved by everybody.

Butler High School has declared October 29th their “Day of Kindness” in remembrance of last year’s tragic event. They also hope the day will serve as a way to “move forward in a unified direction.”

The shooter, 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie, shot McKeithen in an act of what he claimed was self-defense. McKeithen died at the hospital from injuries.

Cuffie was originally charged with first-degree murder. In July however, he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of McKeithen.

He is currently serving a sentence of up to nine years in prison for the crime.