HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – A large community of Colorado Jeep enthusiasts are coming together to support Kendrick Castillo, the STEM student killed while attacking a school shooter. Castillo was not only a bright young student, but he was also an avid “Jeeper.”

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Jeep groups from across the state plan to escort Castillo’s family to a Highlands Ranch church Wednesday where a memorial service will be held for the teen.

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“As soon as we heard that Kendrick was a Jeeper, it kind of spread like wildfire throughout the Jeep community,” said Catherine Fanaro, founder of Colorado Jeep Girls.

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Catherine said she was able to get approval for 600 Jeepers to participate in the procession. So far, more than 800 said they plan to attend.

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“People in the community just really want to get together and support however we can. This is a huge turnout. I didn’t expect it to get as big as it did, and it’s not just Jeepers. It’s other 4×4 enthusiasts and car clubs and stuff that have reached out and said ‘hey I want to be part of this,’” said Fanaro.

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She says people will be gathering near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and White Bay Drive in Highlands Ranch around 10:30 a.m. It is about one mile long and ends at Cherry Hills Church.

Many, including those not in attendance, are attaching STEM school colors, blue and yellow, on their vehicles as a sign of support.

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LINK: Kendrick’s Procession Convoy

Jamie Leary