Memorial Service For Emily Keyes

The small mountain community of Bailey is in mourning, as it remembers Emily Keyes during her memorial service on Saturday.

She was the teenager who was shot during a standoff at Platte Canyon High School. 16 Year old Keyes was killed on Wednesday by a gunman who had taken her and five other female students hostage. The gunman shot Keyes and then killed himself when a SWAT team moved in.

Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener extended his condolences to the Keyes family during Saturday's memorial services where several thousand mourners were present.

Wegener says, "This is the hardest thing I'll ever face. I want the Keyes family to know that if I could trade places with Emily, I would do it in a heartbeat. That wasn't supposed to happen. Going into a school wasn't supposed to happen. I know that every law enforcement officer that was there that day did everything they could."

Wegener received a standing ovation for his speech at the 2 hour service.

The memorial began with words from the family's spokesperson Louis Gonzalez, who asked mourners to remember Emily through random acts of kindness.


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