In his conversation with his father, Kendrick Castillo remained adamant about trying to engage a shooter if it ever came to that

By Tim McGovern
May 09, 2019 08:51 AM

One of the heroes of the STEM school shooting, Kendrick Castillo, who died protecting his fellow classmates after lunging at one of the gunmen, talked about the prospect of a school shooting with his father.

The 18-year-old's father, John Castillo, told NBC News on Wednesday he recalled a conversation he once had with his son where he advised the teenager, "You don't have to be the hero."

But according to John, Kendrick remained adamant about trying to engage a shooter if it ever came to that.

The father said his late son responded, "‘You raised me this way. You raised me to be a good person. That's what I'm doing.'"

Tragically, the worst-case scenario John and his son had discussed became a horrifying reality on Tuesday when two gunmen opened fire at his Highlands Ranch, Colorado, school.

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