HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — The Brady gun control group that organized a vigil for victims and survivors of the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch has issued a statement apologizing for the event — which was criticized as politicizing the tragedy.

Students and community members hold up their phones during a candlelight vigil at Highlands Ranch High School on May 8, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Wednesday night’s vigil in a packed high school gym included speeches by presidential hopeful Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, both Democrats.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) speaks during a candlelight vigil at Highlands Ranch High School on May 8, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Some students chanted and others railed against the media and called for remembering Kendrick Castillo, the student killed while trying to stop one of the shooters on Tuesday.

(credit: Charles Burroughs)

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At one point, someone shouted that students should be allowed to speak and some walked out in protest. Organizers talked with students in a hallway about how to include them. Students were eventually allowed to speak.

Students hold up their phones after leaving a candlelight vigil at Highlands Ranch High School on May 8, 2019. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The statement says the group is “is deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate.”

It adds that the group knows this “is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence.”

A woman wipes away tears during a candlelight vigil at Highlands Ranch High School on May 8, 2019 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

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Castillo’s parents say they are still trying to process the fact that their son is gone.

“I know that because of what he did others are alive and I thank God for that. I love him and he is a hero and he always will be,” John Castillo said.

Eight other students were injured in the shooting. An 18-year-old male student and a juvenile female student who identifies as male are in custody.

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  1. Robert Chase says:

    Many students’ parents are likely members of the Fascist Party and support keeping the United States awash in guns.