School Shooting Victim's Dad Told Him 'You Don't Have to Be a Hero' But Teen Died Being Exactly That
In his conversation with his father, Kendrick Castillo remained adamant about trying to engage a shooter if it ever came to that
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.