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Household Chemical Roundup May 18 in Parker Drop off hazardous household chemicals between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 18 at the Parker Joint Services Center, 17801 E. Plaza Drive. Participants must provide proof of county residency and $25 to help offset costs of hazardous waste disposal. For more information, including a map and a list of acceptable items, visit www.tchd. org/250/Household-Chemical-Roundups

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How to help STEM shooting victims STAFF REPORT

An official fundraising page has been set up for STEM School Highlands Ranch via The Foundation for Douglas County Schools. It can be found at STEMstrong “All donations received through this campaign will be used for the benefit of our impacted students. Thank you for your support during this time,” the website states. In addition, a fund started last year to help victims of mass tragedy has been activated in the aftermath of the STEM shooting that left one student dead and eight wounded. The Colorado Healing Fund is chaired by former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman and the nonprofit organization’s board of trustees, according to a news release. “The Colorado Healing Fund exists to serve as the trusted, statewide organization for the collection of public donations in the aftermath of a mass tragedy,” Coffman said in the release. “Donations from caring Colora-

dans can be channeled to organizations working directly with victims of this terrible tragedy. If you want to help, we encourage you to give through the Colorado Healing Fund and know your generosity will help victims, survivors, families and the STEM School Highlands Ranch community in the weeks and months ahead.” Donations can be made by visiting and donating through Colorado Gives. Checks and in-person donations will be accepted at Colorado-based FirstBank locations. Donors should make checks out to “Colorado Healing Fund” and designate their donation for “victims accounts” to bank tellers. Donations will be distributed to victims by the fund’s community partners, including the Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance, the release states. Local victim assistance organizations and Douglas County officials are partnering with CHF to determine how best to support individuals and families after the STEM shooting, according to the release.

STEM shooting: what is known so far STAFF REPORT

Nine students were shot shortly before 2 p.m. May 7 at STEM School Highlands Ranch. Here are key details known to Colorado Community Media as of May 13: • STEM senior Kendrick Castillo was killed. Castillo was shot while trying to save others from one of the armed suspects, classmates have said. • Eight students were wounded. All students have been treated and released from area hospitals. • Two suspects, both STEM students, were arrested. One is Devon Erickson, 18. He was booked on 29 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of firstdegree murder, according to court records. The other suspect is a juvenile. The sheriff ’s office is identifying the suspect as a female, but the suspect’s lawyer says his client uses male pronouns, such as “he.” That suspect will not be identified

by Colorado Community Media unless charged as an adult by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. It was not immediately known what charges this suspect will face. • Authorities say two handguns were found at the scene during the early stages of their investigation. No motive for the shooting has been given by authorities. • Both suspects made their first court appearance on May 8. A second court appearance scheduled for May 10 was postponed until Wednesday, May 15, at the Douglas County Justice Center in Castle Rock. • STEM School Highlands Ranch is a K-12 charter school of about 1,800 students at 8773 S. Ridgeline Blvd., west of Broadway and south of C-470. STEM does not have a school resource officer, but employs a private security firm. A security guard was at the school the day of the shooting, and the owner of the security company says the guard helped detain one of the suspects. SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

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