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Memorial to a brave young man

John and Maria Castillo (front left), along with Douglas County community leaders, unveil plans for the Kendrick Castillo Memorial Fund and a monument in his honor at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch.

In late February, John and Maria Castillo gathered with family, friends, community members and leaders at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch to unveil the site of a future memorial honoring their son, Kendrick Castillo.

On May 7, 2019, Kendrick (18) was a high school senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch when he gave his life to stop a shooter at the school. His courage and sacrifice are remembered and honored across communities in Douglas County, Colorado and the nation.

“It’s important we show Kendrick’s act of bravery will always be remembered by a grateful community,” said Andy Jones, Highlands Ranch Metro District (HRMD) board director and a member of the Kendrick Castillo Memorial Fund (KCMF) oversight committee.

“From the library windows nearby, we know Kendrick and his friends could see this spot as they discussed robotics and worked on homework,” he said.

According to Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF) Executive Director Mike Waid, donations to the KCMF will be used to build the monument in Kendrick’s honor, which is estimated to cost $30,000. Any additional monies received above the cost of the monument will be dedicated specifically to honoring Kendrick, including creating an ongoing robotics scholarship in Kendrick’s name.

As of press time, the incredible outpouring of support has raised nearly $90,000 toward the permanent fund.

“The generosity of so many people to honor Kendrick and his sacrifice is truly inspiring,” said Waid. “DCCF is honored to partner with Douglas County, the HRMD and the Castillo family in bringing this lasting memory of Kendrick to our community.”

“Kendrick didn’t run away; he ran into the conflict,” said Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon. “That’s the Kendrick Castillo way we can all strive for.”

To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation in Kendrick’s honor, visit


By Karen Leigh; photo courtesy of Douglas County




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