WATCH: Student hailed a hero in Colorado school shooting speaks publicly

Photo courtesy: MGN/Brendan Bialy/Instragram A hero who tackled one of the gunmen in the Colorado school shooting likely saving many lives, Photo Date: 7/13/2018
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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KKTV) - "I want to make something very very clear, Kendrick Castillo died a hero."

The student Marine recruit who is being hailed a hero for helping subdue a school shooter in Colorado on Tuesday spoke publicly on Wednesday. While all cameras were on Brendan Bialy, he continued to mention his schoolmate who died while reportedly trying to take down one of the suspects.

Bialy described the scene when 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed after he ran toward one of the shooters.

Watch the interview with Brendan Bialy below:

The Marines said Wednesday that Bialy put his own safety at risk and showed "courage and commitment" in helping tackle a gunman in the STEM School in the south Denver suburbs.

The Delayed Entry Program allows prospective Marines to sign up days or months before they start training.

Maggiti says Bialy is scheduled to begin training this summer.

Eight other students were injured in the shooting at STEM school in Highlands Ranch.