This student died trying to stop the Colorado school shooter "Because of what he did, others are alive, and I thank God for that," said his father John Castillo, who lost his only child." But there's another part of you that wishes he just turned and ran, retreated, hid." On Wednesday, hundreds of supporters are gathering at a "celebration of life" for Kendrick at Cherry Hills Community Church. They include more than 600 Jeep drivers paying their respects to the slain 18-year-old, who was an avid Jeep enthusiast, CNN affiliate KCNC reported. "As soon as we heard that Kendrick was a Jeeper, it kind of spread like wildfire throughout the Jeep community," Colorado Jeep Girls founder Catherine Fanaro told KCNC. Fanaro said she got approval for 600 Jeepers to participate in the memorial procession, but more than 800 said they planned to attend. The teen's memorial service includes a full police motorcade. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said this is the first time the department has provided a formal police motorcade for a civilian, but said it wanted to do so to honor Castillo's courageous act. School director refuses to answer bullying claims against gunman Erickson, the older of the two suspects, is a bully who joked about shootings and threatened other students for years, former friend Kevin Cole said. District urged school to investigate concerns it could become the next 'Columbine' Eucker also declined to answer questions about why the school decided to sue a parent for defamation after the parent made an array of claims against the school in December. "That's for the attorneys," Eucker said. The parent cited an alleged bomb threat and student clashes as evidence that the school could become the site of another Columbine-style attack, according to a letter obtained by CNN. The parent, who did not want to be identified, also made about a dozen other allegations against the school, including a claim that "money is being sent to China and Mexico." Students are slowly returning to class A week after the deadly attack, students at the K-12 school are easing their way back to their regular class schedules.