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An attorney for a security guard on the scene of a Colorado school shooting this week says his client acted in the ‘best interest’ of children, faculty and staff. Officials have identified two suspects in the shooting that left one student dead. (May 9)
AP, APA teen hero killed during a school shooting last week near Denver will be honored in a memorial service Wednesday.Witnesses said Kendrick Castillo, a senior who was within days of graduating from STEM School Highlands Ranch, was among three students who tackled a classmate who opened fire in his classroom. Castillo, a robotics buff and outdoorsman, was the lone fatality in the shooting that wounded eight other students.The local Knights of Columbus, where Castillo often volunteered with his father, was helping pay funeral expenses. The group also was providing an honor guard for the service.”I saw the pictures of he and his father in aprons at a Knights event and I was struck by the big smile on his face,” said John Doherty, deputy of the state Knights. “He was happy there.”More: Kendrick Castillo, hero killed in Colo. school shooting, told his dad he would act if confronted with a gunmanFIRST, a youth non-profit that advances STEM education, created a fund for Castillo’s family and FIRST Robotics Team 4418 in response to the outpouring of support in the community. More than $50,000 has been raised so far, FIRST’s Aaron Pickering said Tuesday, and all proceeds will be distributed to the team. This undated photo provided by Rachel Short shows Kendrick Castillo, who was killed during a shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Photo: Rachel Short, AP)The same day Castillo will be remembered, the two alleged shooters will be formally charged in court Wednesday. One of the suspects was being held for investigation on one count of first-degree murder and 29 counts of attempted first-degree murder.District Attorney George Brauchler has not said whether the second suspect, who is a minor, would be charged as an adult or as a juvenile.More: 11 days. 3 mass shootings. 3 heroes. What makes some risk their lives for others?Police have not revealed a motive for the shootings, nor explained how the teens obtained the guns used in the attack.The Douglas County Commissioners are working on a $10 million financial package aimed at increasing security and mental health programs at county schools. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/14/colorado-school-shooting-memorial-service-kendrick-castillo-set/3666130002/

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