BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – A statement was released Friday on behalf of the family of a teen who was killed in Boiling Spring Lakes when officers responded to assist during a schizophrenic episode.
In the statement, the family said they wish to focus on the positive memories they have of their 18-year-old son, Keith Vidal, and that "this is a time to celebrate his life."
"Keith was very much beloved by his family, friends and classmates," the statement reads. "They, and the community at large, need time now to grieve in peace, and remember the Keith they knew and loved."
Vidal's parents called police Sunday for help after they say he was suffering from a schizophrenic episode and was carrying a screwdriver in his hand.
At the scene, Vidal's stepfather Mark Wilsey said an officer shot and killed his son after a confrontation at their home on President Drive.
Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, "we don't have time for this." That's when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.
"There was no reason to shoot this kid," Wilsey said. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son."
Vidal's mother, also at the scene, said she could not understand what happened.
"Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?," she asked. "This is what's wrong with our mental health system."
While the family waits for answers, they statement released Friday said they have "full faith in the judicial system and the Brunswick County District Attorney's Office to investigate and evaluate this case and reveal the true facts surrounding the tragic death of their son, Keith Vidal."
Visitation for friends and family will be held Friday afternoon and evening, while services for Keith will take place Saturday.
"At this time, we ask for and appreciate your support for the Vidal-Wilsey family, as they lay their child to rest," the statement read." Your continued prayers and support are greatly needed and appreciated."
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