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“You’ll never be that self again”: Colorado mass shooting survivors speak about their recovery

Speaking to a panel of survivors and loved ones of mass shootings, former STEM School Highlands Ranch teacher Erin Christian told them she was grateful for their strength and candor.  “In the early days, I didn’t see how I was going to get through this,” said Christian, who survived a mass shooting at STEM School […]

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Second STEM School Highlands Ranch gunman sentenced to life in prison without parole

The man convicted of first-degree murder in the deadly 2019 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch was sentenced to two terms of of life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday, plus scores of additional years. The sentencing of Devon Erickson by Douglas County District Judge Theresa Slade in a Castle Rock courtroom followed a lengthy […]

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Jury finds second STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter guilty of first-degree murder

After five hours of deliberation, jurors have found Devon Erickson guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the attack on STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019. In addition to two counts of first-degree murder, the jury found Erickson guilty of 44 other charges, including attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon on […]

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Active shooter drills are part of school life. Can they be done better?

By Caitlyn Kim, CPR News The Lockdown Drill Generation. That’s what 17-year-old Ellie Perlmutter said she’s part of. No, it has nothing to do with the pandemic. It’s the generation of students that have had to participate in active shooter drills at school. Approximately 95% of schools practice what to do in case a shooter […]

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Defense rests its case in STEM school shooting trial, closing arguments to begin Monday

DENVER — One of the suspects in a fatal attack at a suburban Denver high school in 2019 had become such a chronic drug user in the months before the shooting that he likely “couldn’t think, concentrate or understand” events around him that day, a toxicologist called by the defense testified Friday. Toxicologist Wanda Guidry […]

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“The majority of what I said wasn’t truthful,” convicted STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter testifies

In his second day of testimony, an admitted shooter of the STEM School Highlands Ranch reversed the story he told immediately following the May 7, 2019, attack.  Alec McKinney, while testifying in the trial against Devon Erickson on Tuesday, relayed a version of events that alleged Erickson propelled the deadly shooting into action.  “It was (Erickson’s) fault […]

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Teen victim pleaded with STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter to stop his attack, testimony reveals

Lucas Albertoni was crawling through classroom 107 in STEM School Highlands Ranch when he was confronted by Alec McKinney’s gun. Albertoni looked up as he was attempting to flee and saw the barrel of the firearm, only an arm’s length away, pointed straight at him. He locked eyes with the student holding it. “I pleaded […]