Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Updated: 2:08 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school.
Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old hero who charged a shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado, was posthumously named a Knight of Columbus Aug. 6.
Castillo’s parents, John and Maria, also accepted the Caritas Medal on his behalf. It is the second-highest honor of the Knights of Columbus.
“Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last moments, Kendrick Castillo did both,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said.
Castillo had taken part in 2,600 hours of service with the Knights, along with his father, who belongs to the Knights’ Southwest Denver Council 4844.
According to the Knights, it is a rare occurrence for an individual to be granted membership posthumously and it has happened less than a handful of times in the 137 years since the organization was founded.
John Castillo said of his son, “Kendrick wanted to be a Knight because of what he experienced growing up and knowing the good that they did. Without a doubt, Kendrick loved being in the church, ushering and serving the community.”
Kendrick Castillo, who was killed just days before his graduation from the STEM school, was the only casualty in the May 7, 2019, shooting. Eight other students were injured. Two suspects, both teens, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other charges.