Emily's Parade: Motorcyclists ride from Columbine to Platte Canyon High School to honor Emily Keyes
Last Updated: 71 days ago
Motorcyclists will ride from Columbine High School to Platte Canyon High School to honor the memory of Emily Keyes and promote school safety.
Emily was one of several teenagers held hostage for several hours by a gunman inside a classroom at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006.
According to SWAT members who tried to negotiate with the gunman, Emily was the voice of reason inside the classroom, trying to keep things calm and allowing the other students to escape.
Unfortunately, the gunman shot Emily in the head as SWAT officers rushed in and shot him.
The last text message Emily sent her parents said, "I love u guys."
Emily's parents established the I Love U Guys Foundation to promote school safety through a "Standard Response Protocol." It involved creating a universal language to be used by teachers, schools, police, fire and students to avoid miscommunication during incidents in schools.
Emily's Parade is a fundraiser for the I Love U Guys Foundation.
Riders meet at the South Parking Lot at Columbine High School at 6201 S. Pierce St. in Littleton at about 10 a.m.
"Around 10:45 a.m., some people you might know will say a few words before a balloon launch," organizers said on the website. "Balloons will be launched in memory of the lives lost violently in American schools."
Riders will travel down Pierce to C-470 westbound and take U.S. Highway 285 south to Bailey.
Expect some traffic delays in Littleton and along C-470 and US 285.
Map of the route: https://maps.google.com/maps
To learn more about the foundation created on behalf of Emily Keyes, the I Love U Guys Foundation, go to www.iloveyouguys.org.
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