Over 600 Jeeps Lead Procession For Teen Who Was Killed Tackling Denver School Shooter
Earlier this month, 18 year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed when he tried to stop the two gunmen who had stormed his high school. At the time of his death, Kendrick was just three days away from graduating from STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Kendrick always loved jeeps, so to honor him after his death, a local jeep enthusiast group issued a call for jeeps to come be part of a procession for him. Over 600 jeeps answered the call, leading a massive procession in honor of the brave teenager.
Colorado Jeep Girls took to Instagram to ask jeep owners to show up to the service in “whatever Jeep you drive.”
“As you all know, Kendrick was a Jeep lover,” the group stated. “As a Jeep community, we have been asked to come together as one to show our support for this young man and his family.”
“We will be joining in on the procession to send him off in true Jeeper fashion,” they continued. “Please join us in whatever Jeep you drive. New, old and everything in between! Let’s show Kendrick’s family the love from our Jeep community to them.”
Catherine Fanaro, the founder of Colorado Jeep Girls, added that members of the community wanted to “get together and support however we can.”
‘This is a huge turnout,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to get as big as it did, and it’s not just Jeepers. It’s other 4×4 enthusiasts and car clubs and stuff that have reached out and said, ‘Hey, I want to be part of this.'”
One of the jeeps in the procession was the green Cherokee that Kendrick owned and loved.
Kendrick lost his life trying to protect his fellow students, and he has been hailed as a hero since his untimely death. Find out more about him in the video below.