Centennial community banding together after shooting

Carl Winder, Multimedia Journalist, carl.winder@krdo.com
POSTED: 04:24 PM MST Dec 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:35 AM MST Dec 17, 2013 
Arapahoe High School Saturday night
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -

People in Centennial were shocked when they heard there was a shooting at Arapahoe High School, but they feel this tragedy will make the community stronger. 

People who live around Arapahoe High School say they drove by the high school when the shooting occurred, and they knew something was wrong when they saw law enforcement drive toward the school.

"I ran to the neighbor's house and one of the girls was home alone, she had been home sick and very scared. She came and sat with us (at our house because) her brother was in the library," said Pat Nearman, who lives near Arapahoe High School.

The shooting was shocking because Centennial is normally a quiet town.

"We have always felt safe; things like this happen somewhere else, but not here, not literally in our backyard," said Mark Masters whose children graduated from Arapahoe High School.

But Nearman wants to know what drives a person to shoot somebody.

"What really bothers me is this poor boy and his family, what was he going through and when is it going to end?" Nearman said.

And Kathy Masters feels the community will follow the school's motto.

"Proud to be a Warrior, we take care of each other," Masters said.

A community gathering will be at Valor Christian High School's main gym, 3775 Grace Blvd., in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 15  from 4 to 6 p.m.