A small vigil sits next to the entrance to the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on on May 8, 2019, one day after two students entered the school with pistols, killing one student and injuring eight others. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
A small vigil sits next to the entrance to the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on on May 8, 2019, one day after two students entered the school with pistols, killing one student and injuring eight others. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

An adult male and a juvenile female in custody have been identified as two suspects in a deadly shooting Tuesday at a school outside of Denver, where an 18-year-old senior was killed just days before he was to graduate.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Wednesday that the STEM School Highlands Ranch does not have a resource officer, but it had hired an armed private security guard, who described the K-12 school’s layout as “extensive.”

The two suspects entered through the northeast side of the campus, entering through the middle school, according to Spurlock. He added that the building had no metal detectors.

The student killed in the attack, Kendrick Ray Castillo, was hailed as a hero for attempting to subdue one of the suspects and buying time for many of his classmates to escape or take cover.

Eight other students were injured during the attack.

The adult suspect has been identified as Devon Erickson, 18.

The Colorado incident took place a month after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting and just one week after the April 30 shooting at the University of North Carolina where two people died and four were injured.

The latest school shootings list among 42 that have been reported this year in the U.S., according to a National Public Radio report.

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