HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KDVR) – A procession will be held Wednesday before a service honoring Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will lead its first procession for a civilian.
“We wanted to honor the Castillo family and honor Kendrick,” said Chris Washburn, patrol administrative lieutenant for the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office says Castillo demonstrated the kind of courage it would expect to see from its own deputies in the line of duty — going above and beyond for the community.
“He’s a high school kid that didn’t think about his own safety but thought about the safety of his classmates and took some action. It’s horrific that that cost him his life, but he’s truly a hero in our eyes,” Washburn said.
The sheriff’s office said the procession will be on Colorado Boulevard, which turns into Highlands Ranch Parkway.
There will be about 30 motorcycle officers from across the Denver metro area.
Hundreds of Jeeps will also participate in the procession, as Castillo loved the vehicles and off-roading, according to friends.
Catherine Fanaro helped rally the Jeep community in Colorado to join the procession — with the blessing of the Castillo family.
“We decided it would be best if we could support the family however we can. Because Kendrick’s a Jeeper — was a Jeeper — he’s family to us too,” Fanaro said.
She founded a group called Colorado Jeep Girls. Up to 600 Jeeps can join the procession, and Fanaro expects even more drivers will show up. She says it’s the least they can do for one of their own.
“This is the best way we can show that we support and really stand behind them. We feel for their loss and we just want to rally around them,” Fanaro said.
The staging area for the Jeeps is at Colorado Boulevard and White Bay Drive.
The procession will go for about 15 minutes to Fairview Parkway. Drivers can expect minor delays in the area around Cherry Hills Community Church until about 12:30 p.m.