|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1990|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 2006|
Emily Maureen Ellen Keyes, 16 of Bailey. She was born September 12 1990 in Denver and Passed away September 27, 2006 in Bailey.
Memorial Service, 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the National Farmers Union Education Center 618 County Rd. 68 in Bailey.
Published in the Denver Newspaper Agency from 9/30/2006 - 10/1/2006.
Emily Keyes' family would like to thank the community for their "phenomenal support."
Memorial Service Information for Emily Keyes
Saturday September 30th, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at the National Farmers Union Education Center located at 618 County Road 68, Bailey, CO 80421. Telephone (303) 838-5215.
Student, Gunman Die In Bailey Standoff
Incident At Platte Canyon High School Shocks Mountain Town
BAILEY, Colo. A 16-year-old student died following a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey. According to authorities, an armed gunman entered the school, fired shots and reportedly took six hostages at the start of the standoff around noon and released four of them through the afternoon.
Sources told CBS4 that at some time during the ordeal, the suspect sexually assaulted some of the girls held hostage.
The man started talking to negotiators and gave them a deadline of 4 p.m. He ceased talking to officers at that time. Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said a tactical solution needed to be made at that time in an effort to save the two remaining hostages.
The SWAT team than entered the school.
The gunman shot Emily Keyes, a student, who was transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital where she later died. The other hostage appeared to have no injuries and walked out of the school on her own.
Police said the the suspect shot himself and died as a result of his injury.
Keyes and the other female hostage were students at the high school, according to Jacki Kelley, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff's Office who was releasing information on the scene in Park County.
Lynn Bigham, who described herself as a family friend of a wounded hostage, said the girl had just turned 16.
The sheriff, a 36-year resident of Bailey who had a son in the high school, said he knew the girl's family and was "scared to death" as he handled the unfolding hostage situation. Asked if he second-guessed decision to confront the gunman, he said no.
"I have to go and eventually I have to face a family about the fact that their daughter is dead," he said in a low voice, obviously upset. "So, what would you do?"
The last hostage was unharmed and talking with authorities. The sheriff said the gunman threatened the girls virtually throughout the four-hour ordeal, at one point fired a shot within the classroom and shielded himself with his hostages.
"We are a community in mourning," schools superintendent Jim Walpole said. "Our thoughts, our prayers are with our students, staff and their families. Especially the family of the student we lost."
The suspect was not identified and the sheriff was at a loss to explain a motive.
"I don't know why he wanted to do this," Wegener said.
Students described the suspect as a bearded man toting a camouflage backpack and the sheriff confirmed that: "He did have a backpack and said he would set it off." The man was also toting a handgun.
After the gunman entered the school, Platte Canyon High students were moved to the adjoining Fitzsimmons Middle School and that school was placed on lockdown. At about 2 p.m., authorities bussed students to Deer Creek Elementary.
There was no information about the gunman and any relation he may have to the school or the students who were taken hostage, although Wegener said he knew some of the people who were involved. He also said his son was in the building during the lockdown.
Tom Grigg said his 16-year-old son, Cassidy, was in a classroom when the man walked in, fired a gun and began telling some students to leave and others -- all girls -- to stay.
"He stood them up at the blackboard," Grigg said. "He hand-picked the ones he wanted to get out."
The gunman told Cassidy to leave, but he said he wanted to stay with the girls, Grigg said.
"The guy flipped him around and put the gun in his face and said, 'It would be in your best interest to leave,"' Grigg said.
Platte Canyon High School and Fitzsimmons Middle School will be closed Thursday and Friday and wasn't clear yet if classes would be held on Monday.
Deer Creek Elementary was expected to hold classes as planned on Thursday.
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Record added: Sep 27, 2006
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