A Louisville family is gathering to say their goodbye’s to 14-year-old Lucas Likes. While on a family vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida, he was tragically shot and killed. On Saturday many of his friends, and family dressed in black and red for his funeral services as they released balloons into the sky to honor his life, and remember the hero his parents say he was.“He was always the type to turn a negative into a positive,” said Shawn Salmon, Lucas’s stepfather. “I cherished every moment of his life. I lived like it was our last.”“He was the glue to our family,” said Amy Salmon, Lucas’s mom. “It takes all of us together, and he just was an amazing kid, a really amazing kid. He just didn’t deserve this.”The Salmon’s say the balloon release helped them let go of some of the pain they’ve felt these past 10 days. However, they say because Lucas meant so much to them, it’s going to be a while before they feel normal again.“We are not going to have closure for a long time,” said Amy Salmon. “But it felt like the right thing to do.”The man who shot Lucas, 37-year-old Christopher Cox, is now facing murder and attempted murder charges for the incident Panama City Beach police say was a moment of rage.Lucas’s mother said even though Cox’s actions are indefensible, she doesn’t want it to cloud the judgment of her other son. “I don’t want him to feel like the world is a horrible place,” said Amy Salmon. “I don’t want him to judge everybody that he meets thinking that they’re going to be a horrible person, due to what that horrible person did to them. The whole world is not bad, there are just bad apples.”

A Louisville family is gathering to say their goodbye’s to 14-year-old Lucas Likes. While on a family vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida, he was tragically shot and killed.

On Saturday many of his friends, and family dressed in black and red for his funeral services as they released balloons into the sky to honor his life, and remember the hero his parents say he was.

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“He was always the type to turn a negative into a positive,” said Shawn Salmon, Lucas’s stepfather. “I cherished every moment of his life. I lived like it was our last.”

“He was the glue to our family,” said Amy Salmon, Lucas’s mom. “It takes all of us together, and he just was an amazing kid, a really amazing kid. He just didn’t deserve this.”

The Salmon’s say the balloon release helped them let go of some of the pain they’ve felt these past 10 days. However, they say because Lucas meant so much to them, it’s going to be a while before they feel normal again.

“We are not going to have closure for a long time,” said Amy Salmon. “But it felt like the right thing to do.”

The man who shot Lucas, 37-year-old Christopher Cox, is now facing murder and attempted murder charges for the incident Panama City Beach police say was a moment of rage.

Lucas’s mother said even though Cox’s actions are indefensible, she doesn’t want it to cloud the judgment of her other son.

“I don’t want him to feel like the world is a horrible place,” said Amy Salmon. “I don’t want him to judge everybody that he meets thinking that they’re going to be a horrible person, due to what that horrible person did to them. The whole world is not bad, there are just bad apples.”

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