Teen suspects in Colorado school shooting formally charged; judge seals case

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 16, 2019

Almost 2,000 people turned out Wednesday for a memorial service to honor the Colorado teenager who was killed while charging one of the two gunmen who opened fire inside a high school and shot nine people just days before graduation. "It's other 4×4 enthusiasts and auto clubs and stuff that have reached out and said, 'Hey, I want to be part of this'".

Brauchler said in court, however, that he will charge McKinney as an adult with first-degree murder.

A photograph of student Kendrick Castillo stands amid a display of tributes outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch a week after the attack on the school that left Castillo dead and others injured in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on May 14, 2019.

Castillo's parents also attended the hearing. His face was visible, and he looked forward toward the judge while attorneys discussed the case. McKinney's attorney, Ara Ohanian, said he would seek to move McKinney's case back to juvenile court.

Castillo, a robotics enthusiast and aspiring engineer, was remembered as a compassionate, bright young man during a memorial service on Wednesday at a church in Highlands Ranch.

About a dozen students were injured and one 18-year-old, Kendrick Castillo, was killed after charging at one of the suspect shooters and disarming them.

The charges are reportedly counts of murder and attempted murder as well as other counts of arson, theft and weapons possession, according to electronic court records. McKinney's lawyer said the suspect uses the "he" pronoun and goes by the first name Alec, though court documents identified him as Maya.

"When I drop off my daughter, who is a 7th-grader at Sagewood Middle school in Parker, I worry all day until I can pick her up".

Judge Theresa Slade denied the prosecution's request to make some of the documents public but said she would address the issue at the next hearing on June 7.

Parents recommended a number of solutions to the districts, including metal detectors, one-way entrances into schools, armed security guards and allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons.

Two news organizations citing anonymous sources reported that authorities are investigating whether the guard mistakenly fired at a responding sheriff's deputy and may have wounded a student. Castillo and two other students have been credited with tackling one of the gunmen, disrupting the attack.

"He said, 'Mom this has happened, we've been.I've been involved in a school shooting, I was shot a couple of times in the leg, but I'm okay, '" she told reporters.

All of the wounded students have been released from hospitals.

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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