18-Year-Old Hero Lunged At Gunman And Saved Lives During Colorado School Shooting, Loses His Own

18-Year-Old Hero Lunged At Gunman And Saved Lives During Colorado School Shooting, Loses His Own

Kendrick Castillo was days away from graduating his High School when one of classmates started shooting.

After a tragic mass shooting at a K – 12 school, situated south of Denver, on Tuesday, eight students have been reportedly injured and one announced dead reports People. The 18-year-old who lost his life in this horrible attack tried to stop one of the suspected shooters but died in the attempt. Jill Roman, Douglas County's coroner identified the victim as Kendrick Castillo who was the only fatality from the shooting from Tuesday afternoon. The motive of this shooting has not been determined yet.


Castillo was a senior at the STEM School Highlands Ranch and was days away from completing his high school graduation degree. One of the students, Nui Giasolli, spoke to several media outlets and explained how the whole incident between Castillo and the shooters went down. Giasolli told the Today show how the accused had arrived late for his class on Tuesday. "He walked to the other side of the classroom where we also had another door. And he opened the door as if he was going to go back to his seat and then he walked back to the door and he closed it. The next thing I know he’s pulling a gun and he’s telling nobody to move."


This is when the deceased made an attempt to stop him. "That’s when Kendrick lunged at him, and he shot Kendrick," she continued, "giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room to escape." Castillo was a member of the varsity robotics teams and FIRST, a robotics non-profit organization. They posted a tweet offering their condolences for the family's loss. 



There were two active shooters present in the school. Both suspects were students and were taken into custody on the same day, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. While one of the two suspects was as an adult male, the other was a female juvenile. The authorities have identified the adult suspect as an 18-year-old, Devon Erickson. A public defender established how the accused juvenile preferred to be addressed using male pronouns reportedly.  Erickson was brought to court on Wednesday, and the prosecutors will file charges against him on Friday.

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According to NBC News, Giasolli said how thankful she was for the courageous efforts of all the other students who tried to stop the shooter. They "were brave enough to bring him down so that all of us could escape and all of us could be reunited with our families." She continued, "I can’t thank them enough." Giasolli's mother, Nyki Giasolli couldn't explain how nightmarish the whole incident and its aftermath was. 



She said, it’s been so hard, but I did get to hold my babies last night and they are home with me now." The concern and fear doubled for the mother whose son, Kupono, was also a 9th-grade student at the same school. Her daughter, undeterred by the incident, said, "I don't want to give the shooters the satisfaction of being afraid of someplace that was my second home for four years. I want to show them that even though they did this terrible, terrible thing, that we can all come together and we can all make it a happy place again because that’s what really matters."

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Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said during a press conference on Wednesday that there were several other stories of heroism like Castillo's waiting to be uncovered with respect to Tuesday's shooting. "We are going to hear about heroic things that took place," said Spurlock. President Donald Trump, too, tweeted saying,  "Our Nation grieves at the unspeakable violence that took a precious young life and badly injured others in Colorado."


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