Sunday parade honors Emily Keyes, students lost to school violence

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LITTLETON, Colo. — It was quite the spectacle to see thousands of motorcycle riders making the 45-mile ride from Columbine to Platte Canyon High School on Sunday; all in memory of Emily Keyes.

Six years ago, the teenager was shot and killed at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey.

Police said a man walked into the school and took seven girls hostage. He then opened fire as police were closing in on him.

Just before she was shot, Emily texted her family “I love you guys.” Now her father runs the “I Love U Guys Foundation”, which helps to make schools and communities safer.

Emily’s father, John-Michael Keyes, spoke to an emotional crowd Sunday.  

“We don’t choose tragedy but we can choose our response, and this community response is absolutely humbling. All I can say is thank you,” Keyes said.

People came to run the Emergency Responders 5k, and ride their motorcycles at the seventh annual parade honoring Keyes. Balloons were released in memory of the lives lost due to violence at schools across the nation.

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