A brave student died a hero as he took on two gunmen who opened fire inside a Colorado school on Tuesday.
Kendrick Castillo, 18, was identified by his family as the student killed in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, the New York Post reported. A Telemundo correspondent reported that the family said Castillo "died a hero, confronting the gunmen."
Two students at the school, identified as 18-year-old Devon Erickson and an underage accomplice, began shooting after 2 p.m., injuring eight students and killing Castillo, officials said.
Brendan Bialy, another student at the school, helped tackle one of the shooters as other students disarmed them, according to NBC News.
"We heard like really big bangs, which I assume are gunshots," student Mia Bash told CBS News. "Everyone was sort of spread out across the room just hiding.”
Police were at the school within two minutes of the shooting, according to reports.
Nyki Giasolli told the paper that her daughter, Kamananui, was in class when the shooting began and was kept safe thanks to her classmates.
“She said that two of her classmates took the shooters down, and she was able to escape,” Giasolli told local station KUSA.