STEM student Joshua Jones talks about confronting gunman

STEM student Joshua Jones talks about confronting gunman

Pastor Dan Demey spoke at the memorial quoting Psalms: "God is near to the brokenhearted", he said.

Prosecutors have charged two students with opening fire. Eight students were wounded.

The two schools are about 11 kilometres apart.

An estimated 2,000 friends and family attended a memorial service Wednesday for Kendrick Castillo who bravely helped stop a school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Robots were lined up outside Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch as people entered in recognition of 18-year-old Castillo's love of robotics.

A kayak was on the stage along with a photo of a Jeep and two sports jackets. More than 240 Jeeps joined in on the teen's procession.

Hundreds of Jeep lovers showed their support for Kendrick Castillo on Wednesday, by joining his procession down South Colorado Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

Unlike his initial court appearance, 18-year-old Devon Michael Erickson appeared more involved in Wednesday's proceedings.

Two classmates, Joshua Jones and Brendan Bialy, helped disarm the gunman, they both told ABC News.

The Douglas County District Attorney's office said on Wednesday it had turned over the investigation into the security guard's actions to a special prosecutor from neighboring El Paso County. The official did not address whether anyone was hit.

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ABC News, citing an unnamed law enforcement official, reported last week that the security guard may have mistakenly fired on sheriff's deputies called to the scene and wounded a student in the chaos.

Erickson's defense attorneys said in court that they have yet to see any of the evidence in the case, and waived the requirement for a preliminary hearing within 35 days. McKinney is now held at a juvenile facility and will remain there, regardless of the adult charges. It's not clear how soon that could happen. Brauchler would not provide details on the investigation of the security guard.

Both Erickson and McKinney, who are being held without bond, were arrested on suspicion of a single count of first-degree murder and 29 counts of attempted murder immediately after the attack.

Investigators say Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, used handguns in the assault.

Erickson looked toward the judge while attorneys discussed the case.

He wore a jail uniform and was kept shackled at his wrists and ankles after the judge denied a request to remove them.

Court documents in the case are sealed. Douglas County District Court Judge Theresa Slade said she would consider whether to send McKinney back to juvenile court at a future hearing.

Both suspects in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch will face 48 charges, including first-degree murder and attempted murder, according to 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.

Today, his community came together to commemorate Castillo at a "celebration of life" service.

The only difference between the two suspects' charges are related to a firearm. The hearings were planned for Friday but a judge chose to delay. The 16-year-old will be charged as an adult in district court.

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