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Hero Teen Died Lunging At One Of Two School Shooters, Saving Classmates’ Lives In Colorado

Kendrick Castillo sacrificed himself protecting others when a shooter burst into the classroom he was in at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

By Gina Tron

Teens rushed at at least one of the two gunmen during a school shooting in Colorado, preventing widespread bloodshed. However, one of the heroic teens died during the confrontation. 

Kendrick Castillo, 18, died during the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a K-12 school located in a Denver suburb. Eight other students were injured in the Tuesday shooting.

Two suspects have been apprehended: Devon Erickson, 18, and a juvenile girl, officials confirmed at a press conference held Wednesday morning,

“We're going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school," Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

Although Spurlock didn't divulge details of that heroism, reports of what happened are starting to trickle in.

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A witness told CNN Castillo was shot while rushing one of the shooters. Spurlock said he was a senior, just three days shy from graduating.

Senior Nui Giasolli told the "Today" show that one of the shooters entered a classroom when Castillo took action.

“That’s when Kendrick lunged at him, and he shot Kendrick, giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room to escape,” Giasolli said.

Another senior at the school, Brendan Bialy, also reportedly rushed one of the shooters. He plans to become a Marine after graduation, his dad told NBC News.

Giasolli said she’s grateful for the heroism of her fellow classmates, saying 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.”

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