Charges won't be filed against the suspects in a suburban Denver school shooting until next week.
Joseph Eriqat, a STEM School senior who says Kendrick Castillo was one of his best friends, says the vigil left many of his classmates angry with the intense media scrutiny and the political messages from adults not connected to the school.
"We're going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school", Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Wednesday.
Neither of the two former students of the school, identified as Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, who were brought handcuffed to court, were formally charged, CNN reported.
High-ranking sources said on Tuesday night that the motive of the alleged shooters went beyond bullying and involved revenge and anger towards others at the school. However, court spokesman Rob McCallum said that both the prosecutors and defense agreed to delay the hearing until Wednesday. District Attorney George Brauchler said he would decide by Friday whether to charge McKinney as a juvenile or adult.
The two students walked into their school with handguns and opened fire in two classrooms, authorities said.
An armed security guard detained the other shooter as he moved through the 1,800-student campus, Mr Spurlock said.
The tragedy Tuesday at the school marked the latest blow to a community that has already endured a rash of mass shootings - including Columbine High School and the Aurora movie theater. "I want the world to know that he was a gift", Kendrick's father said.
Both defendants were being held on suspicion of a single count of first-degree murder and 29 counts of attempted murder, according to court records. It credited the guard, deputies and students with thwarting the attack.
One is Devon Erickson, 18.
"The unfortunate fact is that schools with and without SROs have experienced violence", reads a statement from STEM's public relations firm.
A light snow covers bouquets of flowers placed on the sign for STEM School Highlands Ranch following Tuesday's shooting, in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Thursday, May 9, 2019. The officer split his time between the two schools.
But the school's executive director, Penelope Eucker, said in a statement to CNN: "The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our highest priority".