ROY — John-Michael Keyes began his school safety talk Friday with pictures of his twins, Emily and Casey, when they were babies.
On Sept. 27, 2006, the Colorado father got a frantic call from his wife saying a gunman who said he had explosives had taken hostages in Room 206 of the high school the 16-year-old twins attended.
Casey was on a field trip. Emily was in Room 206. Keyes remembered the twins’ cellphone birthday gifts. Standing outside of the school, Keyes found someone to help him send a text, “R U OK?” The answer came back, “I love U guys.”
It would be Emily’s final message. Soon after, police created a distraction and stormed Room 206. The gunman had just three seconds — and he used them to shoot Emily.