Kendrick Castillo, hero killed in Colorado school shooting, was days away from graduation

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — The student killed in the Colorado high school shooting was fascinated by engineering and eager to help others.

That’s according to the chief executive officer of the manufacturing business where 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo worked part-time for the past 18 months.

Classmates say Castillo died after lunging at two gunmen who opened fire in a suburban Denver high school.

Castillo’s father, John, told television station KMGH that his son was a hero.

Rachel Short of Bacara USA says Kendrick Castillo started working at her company last year as an intern. She said he was such a terrific employee they offered him a part-time job.

Short said Castillo was funny and empathetic and loved helping people.

Short said: “To find he went down as a hero, I’m not surprised, that’s exactly who Kendrick was.”

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