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Suspected Colorado School Shooters Each Receive 48 Charges

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

Two high school students suspected for the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7 received 48 charges each, court documents show.

Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, faced a number of criminal charges including murder, theft and arson, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The shooting left eight students injured and 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was days away from graduation, dead.

Castillo’s memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, according to the AP. All of those injured are no longer in the hospital.

It is unclear whether McKinney was being tried as an adult, the AP reported. The next hearing date is set for June 7. (RELATED: Colorado Students Grow Angry At Vigil’s Politicization, Some Walk Out)

Police vehicles are stationed outside the school following the shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Police vehicles are stationed outside the school following the shooting at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

STEM is about eight miles away from Columbine High School and 15 miles outside Denver. The school has a pending lawsuit against an anonymous caller for defamation after the individual made several allegations in December 2018. The individual, claiming to be parent, raised concerns about student violence at the school.

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