What a horrible creep she is... Relatives of honor student accused of encouraging friend's suicide stand by her as friends reveal her 'attention-seeking' past Michelle Carter allegedly sent Conrad Roy III, 18, a series of texts encouraging to take his life in a parking lot in Massachusetts last July He was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his idling truck She raised $2,300 for suicide prevention through a softball event and often shared messages online about how much she missed him Her parents believe she is not the 'villain the media is portraying her to be' Roy's friends have said she was a girl that 'cries wolf' and craves attention Carter, who was 17 at the time, is on bail and is due in court in April The family of a high school honor roll student accused of encouraging her friend to kill himself before raising thousands of dollars for suicide prevention has insisted she is innocent. Michelle Carter, 18, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy III, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his idling truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, last July. When Roy texted Carter that he wasn't sure he should take his life and had climbed out of the vehicle, she allegedly texted him: 'Get back in.' Her parents have defended their daughter saying she is 'not the villain the media is portraying her to be' and was only trying to help Roy, who had been suffering from depression. But classmates interviewed by police after the tragedy described her as someone who craves attention and is known as the girl who 'cries wolf'. Carter also claimed the pair had been dating 'on and off' for two years, but Roy's best friends claim they had never heard of her. +5 Accused: Michelle Conrad, pictured left, allegedly knew that her friend Conrad Roy III, right, was suicidal but rather than seeking help, she encouraged him to take his life in the minutes before he died last July In a statement received by The Boston Herald, the family said: 'Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family. 'For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent.' After the death, Carter, who attends King Philip Regional High School, started raising money and awareness for suicide prevention and organized a fundraising softball tournament last September. In a description for the event, 'Homers for Conrad', Carter wrote: 'Life can be tough, but helping others makes it easier.' She later wrote on Twitter that the event had raised $2,300. However when Roy's best friend was interviewed by police about the charity event, they said he believed she was 'kind of looking for attention' and feared she was taking credit for his idea, according to court documents. He also felt forced to add her as an organizer of the event because she was annoyed she wasn't listed. Tribute: In the hours after he was found dead, Carter shared this message to her Twitter page 'Duplicitous': Three days after she allegedly encouraged him to take his life, she questioned why he had died Cold: She also shared messages calling for suicide prevention, while paying tribute to her friend Detective Scott R. Gordon wrote in a police report: 'I asked him if he had a lot to do with the fundraiser, and he said not too much but he did try and get her to move it back to Mattapoisett where all of Conrad's family and friends were but Michelle wanted to keep it in Plainville. 'He further explained that (Carter) was getting so involved in it, and he was just curious about how she knew Conrad, and Michelle said that they had been dating on and off for two years and (he) said at that point that he had never heard of her, so he didn't know exactly if that was true or not.' STATEMENT FROM MICHELLE CATER'S PARENTS Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family. For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr. Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent. According to court documents seen by the Herald, one friend added: 'She was a very nice, outgoing person but she requires a lot of attention and reassurance. Another said Carter has a history of being the 'girl that cried wolf,' and sometimes (it) was hard to tell if she was being totally truthful.' Joseph Cataldo, her attorney, has said accusations she was looking for attention after Roy's suicide are 'ridiculous'. 'She did help organize a fundraiser in his honor, in his name, to call attention both to his plight and others in his predicament,' he said, 'but she was not seeking attention for herself or any kind of personal gain. Carter, who was 17 at the time of Roy's suicide, was indicted on February 5 and arraigned on an involuntary manslaughter charge the next day in New Bedford Juvenile Court. The high school senior was charged as a youthful offender, which means her case is open and she could face punishment as an adult if convicted. She is free on bail and is due back in court in April. Police and prosecutors say Carter, of Plainville, texted back-and-forth with Conrad before he took his life in the parking lot of a Fairhaven Kmart on July 13, 2014. Court documents show the two friends exchanged more than 1,000 text messages in the days leading up to his death, the Fairhaven Neighborhood News reported.