Castillo, the teen who was killed while trying to stop a gunman during the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, loved all things Jeep. He saved up his money to buy his own Jeep. So a local Jeep enthusiast group plans to honor him by escorting his family to the church in suburban Denver where the memorial service will be held.
Kendrick’s beloved green Jeep Cherokee will be part of the procession. And right behind that Cherokee will be a Jeep driven by his best friend.
“The main thing that we really bonded over was the Jeeps,” Charles Burroughs Jr. told KCNC. “That’s because we both have Jeeps, and we’ve worked on them together.”
He is remembered as a hero
“Kendrick Castillo died a legend. He died a trooper,” said Brendan Bialy, another student who jumped the gunman. “I know he will be with me for the rest of my life.”
After Bialy wrestled the gun away from the shooter, he checked on Kendrick and tried to get him to talk, but his classmate wasn’t moving. Bialy then helped a teacher who came into the room and tried to render medical aid. Kendrick died at the school.
Kendrick’s parents said they weren’t surprised to learn that their son ran toward danger that day.
“This wasn’t your average kid,” father John Castillo said. “He was extraordinary.”
CNN’s Nicole Chavez and Scott McLean contributed to this report.