Student dies rushing a school shooter

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Student dies rushing a school shooter

Kendrick Castillo (Photo courtesy of Maria Castillo via Instagram)

Kendrick Castillo (Photo courtesy of Maria Castillo via Instagram)

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Kendrick Castillo (Photo courtesy of Maria Castillo via Instagram)

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Kendrick Castillo (Photo courtesy of Maria Castillo via Instagram)

Aferdita Emini, Staff Reporter

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On May 7, 2019, a high school student saved his fellow classmates when he lunged at. a shooter.

When he lunged he gave his classmates time to hide and run away. He didn’t survive the attack.

Kendrick was a foot away from the shooter when he sprang into action. One of his classmates, Brendan Bialy, had a chance to jump the shooter and move the gun away from him.

Bialy went over to Castillo and tried to get him talking, but he just wasn’t moving. Students tried to stop the bleeding on Kendrick’s chest by applying pressure to the wound.

Kendrick loved science so much, especially robotics. He was the lead manufacturer on the robotics team his dad coached.

He was three days away from graduating high school and attending Arapahoe Community College in the fall where he was hoping to major in mechanical or electrical engineering.  

“Kendrick Castillo died a legend. He died a trooper. I know he will be with me for the rest of my life,” Bialy said.

Kendrick risked his life for people he considered his siblings. He was an only child but he went to school with people he had cared so much about that he saved their lives and had died during the process.

“Be selfless, that’s what my son was, and it got him killed, but he saved others,” John Castillo stated.

John Castillo and his wife wish nothing but the best for Kendrick’s classmates.

Already in the year 2019, there have been 15 school shootings in the US during which someone was either killed or injured. Twenty weeks into 2019 and the number of shootings continues to rise.

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