Students in Colorado shooting face murder charges

Students in Colorado shooting face murder charges”

About 2,000 people have filled a large church in suburban Denver to honor a student killed while trying to stop one of two gunmen at his Colorado school.

STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting suspect 18-year-old Devon Erickson, facing 48 criminal charges makes a court appearance at the Douglas County Courthouse May 15, 2019, in Castle Rock, Colo.

A procession of jeeps waits outside the funeral of 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was killed while protecting his classmates from a school shooter.

"It would have been easy for them to say, 'I'm not going to make it to court today because in less than two hours we're going to have a memorial service for our son, '" District Attorney George Brauchler said of Castillo's parents.

The two are being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are expected to soon reveal if they are going to charge McKinney as an adult.

The STEM school had no sworn police officer at the 1,850-student campus, after a dispute with the sheriff's office over the previous school resource officer's role ended that relationship past year, the school said last week.

McKinney and Erickson, who were both students at the Denver-area charter school, appeared at separate court hearings on Wednesday.

Authorities have said these acts of bravery helped minimize the bloodshed from the attack, which also wounded eight students, all of whom have since been released from the hospital.

The charges were listed in electronic court records.

Crime scene tape is seen outside the school following the shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., May 8, 2019.

He wore a jail uniform and was kept shackled at his wrists and ankles after the judge denied a request to remove them. McKinney is now held at a juvenile facility and will remain there, regardless of the adult charges.

An Instagram post by the Colorado Jeep Girls urged the community to join in the procession to celebrate Castillo's love for jeeps.

Brendan Bialy, who also tried to lunge at one of the shooters, told NBC Nightly News that Kendrick heroically sprung into action that day: "He charged the shooter and was immediately on top of him; complete disregard for his own safety. Adrenaline and tunnel vision are a insane thing", said Jones, who described himself as just a normal teenage kid.

Jones was shot twice in the leg during the incident.

"It was really just something like, 'Hey, Mom". References to the shooting were few, including one by Dakota Mann, who was on the school robotics team with Castillo.

"We're going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school", Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said shortly after the shooting. An armed security guard responded to last week's shooting. I've been involved. The authorities are on the way. "But from the word 'Go, ' they have made it clear, 'Our intention is to be here for every single hearing, ' and today I think is a good example of that".

Jones, 18, said Tuesday that he is recovering quickly from his wounds, but said emotionally he's "still in a bit of a funk".

The attack occurred less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in nearby Littleton, in which two students shot 13 people to death before committing suicide.

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