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Charlie Carver's family speaks for the first time since his death

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"Finding out your brother and best friend was brutally murdered is one of the worst feelings you could ever imagine," said Charlie David Carver's brother, Nathan Shiflet.

Carver and his girlfriend, Kala Brown, vanished from Anderson on Aug. 31. Carver's family says they continued to search for answers in the days, weeks and months after his disappearance. Officials say Carver's remains were found on Todd Kohlhepp's property on Nov. 5 in Spartanburg County.

Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender, is accused of kidnapping Brown and holding her chained up in a storage container for months.

"It sinks in slowly," Shiflet said. "It's hard to comprehend. It's hard not to say bad things about the person that's responsible. He took my brother."

Carver's family says it wasn't the ending they were hoping for, but they want people to know he didn't die in vain.

In the days after Carver's remains were discovered, two more bodies were found on Kohlhepp's land. Officials say they were identified as Meagan and Johnny Coxie.

"It took a case out of Anderson for them to have closure," said Shiflet. "A guy from a little town. If they hadn't found David, they wouldn't have found the others. I'm sorry they had to wait so long."

Investigators say Kohlhepp led them to remains buried on his property, but has not yet been charged in their deaths. He is, however, facing four murder charges after investigators said he confessed to killing four victims in 2003 at Superbike Motorsports.

Carver's family says they won't stop searching for answers until they find out why. 

"I know he's with me. I know he's watching," Shiflet said. "There's a lot more to this case and more that needs to be found out."

Carver's brother says he'll never forget the impact his brother made on his life and he will make sure his memory lives on forever.

"He outdoes all of superheroes," he said. "He's a special kind of hero."

Carver's family released the following statement on the case:

"To begin with, our family would like to once again thank everyone who has sent their thoughts and prayers about David's loss. Although it doesn't erase the pain we are going through it does let us know we are not alone and how much he was loved and respected. To have the community reach out and take us in their arms says so much about who he was and what he meant to so many. We love him and miss him and while we continue to wait for answers, which may be a long time in coming, we do take strength in the fact there are so many friends and family supporting us through this terrible time.

David was my brother and I love him. To me, he was a hero, in more ways than anyone will ever know or understand. It pains me to say it, but the loss of my brother's life brought closure to a group of people who have waited thirteen years for the justice of lost loved ones. For over a decade the families of the victims of November 2003's Superbike murders have been lost, with no answers. Now they have closure and will someday, hopefully soon, see justice done for those that were lost so senselessly, just as the day will come whe nI see justice for the loss of my brother. We as a family, and me as an individual, we are praying for them to begin healing, and ask that everyone who hears this do the same.

As this story continues to unfold, there will be more families who will be devastated. There are two more senseless victims to be identified and they have friends and family who have been searching for them and missing them from their lives. They need us all as well.

I want my brother to be remembered not for having been a victim of a man with no conscience but someone whose life wasn't taken from him for no reason, but as a man who lost his life and helped others. David didn't deserve this, just as anyone of the victims found to this point deserved it, but I believe my brother lost his life and in the end, saved others from the same fate. As I said, my brother was my hero in more ways than I can possibly explain and I miss him and love him dearly.

All we ask right now is that you take a moment to remember my brother, our family, and the families and friends of those who we know who lost their lives in your prayers. It doesn't erase the sense of loss or pain but it does help us to remember we are not alone."

   -Nathan Shiflet

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