Kelly-Fleming

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Deaths at Columbine High School

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold embarked on a murderous rampage at their high school. In the time that Eric and Dylan had spent planning and preparing for the massacre, they had acquired a large arsenal of weapons, many which were hidden in Eric’s bedroom. The massacre at Columbine High School left 15 dead, including the two perpetrators.

• Rachel Scott - Rachel was eating lunch with her friend Richard Castaldo when Eric and Dylan opened fire at the West entrance where she and Richard were sat on the grass. Rachel was hit from a distance and then shot at point blank range when she attempted to get up. She died from gunshot wounds to the head, chest, arm and leg. Rachel had earlier quit smoking at the request of a friend, if she had not quit she would have possibly been in “The Smokers Pit” at lunch instead of at the high school. Rachel was the first of many victims killed and injured in the massacre.

• Daniel Rohrbough - Daniel was walking out of the cafeteria with his friends, Lance Kirklin and Sean Graves, when Eric and Dylan began shooting at them. He was shot in the abdomen and left leg. Eric Harris shot him in the chest at point blank range moments later. Daniel bled to death on the sidewalk outside the school. Daniel’s father knew something was wrong when his son did not turn up at their shop after school as he normally did. The Rohrboughs did not learn of their son’s death from officials, but from the morning news.

• Dave Sanders - When Eric and Dylan began shooting outside the school, Dave Sanders ran to the cafeteria and warned everyone. He helped to save hundreds of students that day. The cafeteria was almost empty by the time Eric and Dylan arrived because of Dave Sanders. He was trying to get students safely hidden inside classrooms when he was shot from behind by Eric Harris. He was hit in the head, torso and neck and bled to death in a science lab while waiting for help.

• Kyle Velasquez - Kyle was sitting at one of the computers when Eric and Dylan entered the library. He was shot in the back of the head by Dylan Klebold as he passed him. Kyle was the first victim to die in the library. Kyle had been attending Columbine for only three months when the massacre took place. He was shy and was only just coming out of his shell when he died. Kyle was mentally disabled and knew what it was like to be an outcast, his last words to his mother were, “Goodbye I love you mom.”

• Steve Curnow - Steve was hiding under a computer desk, near to survivor Kacey Ruegseggwe, when Eric and Dylan began shooting in the library. Steve was shot in the neck by Eric Harris with a sawed-off shot gun. Steve died in the library and was the youngest victim of the Columbine massacre at only 14 years old. Steve was very close with his parents, loved soccer and had dreamed of being a Navy top gun pilot.

• Cassie Bernall - Cassie was hiding under a table, like many students, when Eric and Dylan entered the library. Eric Harris came to the table where Cassie and another girl were hiding. He tapped on the table twice and said, “Peek a boo” to the two girls. Cassie was shot in the side of the head with Eric Harris’ sawed-off shot gun. She was killed immediately. Cassie was a born again Christian as of 1997, previous to this she had fallen in with the wrong crowd. For a long time it had been believed that it was Cassie who had been asked whether she believed in God and then was shot when she answered, “Yes.” However, it has been verified that it was actually survivor Valeen Schnurr who was asked this.

• Isaiah Shoels - Isaiah was studying in the library with his friends, Craig Scott (brother of Rachel Scott) and Matt Kechter, when Eric and Dylan entered the room. The three boys hid under a table together. When Dylan Klebold saw Isaiah hiding under the table, he called Eric Harris over. Dylan made a racist comment towards Isaiah and tried to pull him out from under the table. When he failed to do so, Eric shot Isaiah in the chest at close range, killing him. Isaiah had been a popular student at Columbine, he was also an athlete. Eric and Dylan had had problems with Isaiah previous to the shooting.

• Matt Kechter - Matt was studying with victim Isaiah Shoels and Craig Scott in the library when Eric and Dylan entered the room. He was hiding under the table with his two friends and witnessed Isaiah being shot. Dylan fired at Matt, he was hit in the chest and died later that day in the library. Matt was in the football team and was a weight lifter. He always got good grades at Columbine and was looked up to by his friends. Greg Barnes, a close friend of Matt, took his own life not long after the first anniversary of the massacre.

• Lauren Townsend - Lauren was in the library with some friends when the shooting began. She hid under a table when Patti Nielson, a teacher at Columbine, told everyone to get down. Lauren was behind Valeen Schnurr and put her arm around her, telling her that everything would be okay. Dylan Klebold came to the table she was hiding under and opened fire. She was shot several times by Dylan and then was also shot by Eric minutes later but, at this point she was already dead. Lauren died from wounds to her head, chest and lower body. Lauren had plans to major in biology at Colorado State University when she graduated from Columbine. She has been described by her teachers at Columbine as having a gentle nature and a loving spirit.

• John Tomlin - John often spent his lunch in the library studying and that was where he was when the shooting began. He hid under a table and comforted a girl he didn’t know (Nicole Nowlen) when she became scared by holding her hand. Both Eric and Dylan came to their table and, without even looking to see who was underneath it, Eric opened fire. John and Nicole were both injured from Eric’s shot but, it was a shot to the head at point blank range from Dylan Klebold which killed John almost instantly. John loved Chevrolet trucks and had recently got his driving licence and got an old Chevy pick up, he had been working for it since he was 14. His truck, along with Rachel Scott’s car, became a memorial in the parking lot of the high school, his bible still on the dashboard.

• Kelly Fleming - Kelly was hiding behind a table with some other girls when Eric and Dylan entered the library. It was Eric who shot and killed Kelly. Eric and Dylan both reloaded and moved away from the girls’ table and then later came back. Kelly was shot again by Eric with his sawed-off shotgun, in the back from behind. Kelly was a shy girl who aspired to be a songwriter and author, she wrote many poems and stories. She would often go to the library at Columbine to write some of these stories. Kelly’s mother recalls her coming home from school around two months before the shooting and saying, “I’m not shy anymore.”

• Daniel Mauser - Daniel was in the library when the massacre began. He was hiding under a table when Eric Harris shot him in the face. Daniel died under the table in the library. Daniel’s family described him as a shy and gentle soul. He had attended Ken Caryl Middle School, the same as Eric and Dylan, there is no evidence of them having known eachother though. Daniel’s father was planning on taking him on his first 14,000 mountain hike that summer.

• Corey DePooter - Corey was in the library when the massacre took place. He had been hiding under a table near the window with two others. Dylan Klebold shot Corey, he was killed almost instantly. He died there in the library of gunshot wounds to his neck, chest and left arm. Corey was a former wrestler and loved to fish. He had started a job at a golf club to save up for a fishing boat with one of his friends. Described as an all-American kid, school was very important to Corey. Corey had always wanted to be a marine and at his funeral he was made an honorary marine.

• Eric Harris - Eric also died in the library not long later. Eric fired his shotgun through the roof of his mouth, the shot caused a large amount of damage to his face, also causing his eyeball to fall out. The back of his head was also blasted off. His death was instant. Eric had been a student Columbine High School and had worked at Blackjack Pizza.

• Dylan Klebold - Along with Eric, Dylan committed suicide in the library. He shot himself in the left temple and the bullet sliced through his head. He died right next to Eric, although his death was not instant like Eric’s had been. Dylan had been a student at Columbine High School and had also been an employee at Blackjack Pizza, like Eric Harris.

I would like to light a candle for Cassie Bernall, Steve Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming, Eric Harris, Matt Kechter, Dylan Klebold, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend, Kyle Velasquez and Dave Sanders. May you all have found peace wherever you are. You are not forgotten.

The deaths of all 15 victims from Columbine

All information was taken from the official autopsy reports and summaries for every death involving the Columbine massacre.


Rachel Scott:

Rachel was shot 4 times by Eric to the left temple, chest, arm and thigh.

She died instantly because of the gunshot wound to head.

Daniel Rohrbough:

Dan was shot 3 times by Dylan to the chest, abdomen and knee.

Death was due to exsanguination from injuries involving the chest. Died within 5 minutes.

Kyle Velasquez:

Kyle was shot multiple times by Dylan to the head, left shoulder, and also with three to the back.

His death was due to shotgun wounds to head and upper back.  Died instantly.

Steve Curnow:

Steve was shot once by Eric to the neck.

He died because of the single gunshot wound to the neck. Died within 7 minutes.

Cassie Bernall:

Cassie was shot twice by Eric, one to her right temple and one to her hand (finger).

Her death was due to the shotgun wound to the head. Died instantly.

Isaiah Shoels:

Isaiah was shot twice by Eric to his left arm and chest.

Death is due to shotgun wound to the chest. Died within 2 minutes.

Matt Kechter:

Matt was killed by Dylan with one shot to his chest.

Died from the shotgun wound to the chest. Died approximately within 3 minutes.

Lauren Townsend:

Lauren was killed by Dylan and shot around 9 times, with some shots to her lower chest, left back, right ear, right thigh, right arm, and left hip.

Died because of all multiple fatal shots. Died within 2 minutes.

John Tomlin:

John was shot by both Eric and Dylan. Eric shot John in the chest, but Dylan shot him in the head and back.

His death was due to multiple gunshots, but fatally killed by Dylan by head. He died almost instantly.

Kelly Fleming:

Kelly was shot by Eric to the lower back.

Died from her single wound to the back. Died within 3-5 minutes.

Daniel Mauser:

Daniel was shot by Eric twice, once to the nose, once to the finger, and a graze to scalp.

Death is due to a fractured neck with spinal cord injury because of the shot to the nose. Died within three minutes.

Corey DePooter:

Corey was shot by Dylan 3 times, with some shots to the neck, chest, right back and left arm.

Death was due to multiple consecutive shots. Died instantly.

Eric Harris:

Eric died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the roof of his mouth. Death was instant.

Dylan Klebold:

Dylan also died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds but to his left temple. He died approximately five minutes after.

Dave Sanders:

Dave was shot 3 times by Eric to the neck, right upper back, and chest.

His death was due to exsanguination from gunshots wounds to neck, head and back. He died over 3 hours later.


You can view all of the other released autopsy reports here


April 20th 1999

Today, before anything else, we pay respect.

We pay respect to the beautiful souls and victims. To the wounded and to the survivors

To,

Cassie Benall, 17 years 

Corey DePooter, 17 years

Dan Roghrbough, 15 years

Daniel Mauser, 15 years

Dylan Klebold, 17 years

Eric Harris, 18 years

Isaiah Soles, 18 years

John Tomlin, 16 years

Kelly Fleming, 16 years

Kyle Velasquez, 16 years

Lauren Townsend, 18 years

Mattew Ketcher, 16 years

Rachel Scott, 17 years

Steven Curnow, 14 years

William David Sanders, 47 years

You are not forgotten
You are never forgotten

Rest In Peace

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To the 24 that were injured and had survived

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To those who came after, 

To Greg Barnes, 17 years 

To the survivors,

To the parents and friends.

To the Bernall family.

To the DePooter family.

To the Roghrbough family.

To the Mauser family.

To the Klebold family.

To the Harris family.

To the Barnes family.

To the Soles family.

To the Tomlin family.

To the Fleming family.

To the Velasquez family.

To the Townsend family.

To the Ketcher family.

To the Scott family.

To the Curnow family.

To the Sanders family.

To the ones who suffered and the ones who loved

To the people today, who battle inner thoughts, who wake up expecting a fight

For the depressed

For the suicidal

For the bullied

For the dreamers

For the future.

People have learned from this tragedy. People have forgiven, helped, spread awareness and learned to love. People have accumulated knowledge

People do not forget,

April 20th, 1999.

Graves of all 13 columbine victims (Eric and Dylan don’t have graves): from left to right- (the angel one) Kelly Fleming, Lauren Townsend, Steven Curnow, Dave sanders, Corey depooter, (the big picture) Rachel Scott, John Tomlin, Cassie Bernall, Matt Kechter, Isaiah shoels, Daniel Mauser, Kyle Velasquez, Daniel Rohrbough

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We went to visit the Columbine Memorial, and it was an emotional experience. I’ve been reading about Columbine for about ten years, and since we were so close, I wanted to go visit and pay my respects. Some of the stories that came out of this horrible point in history has touched me deeply. We should never forget this tragedy, nor the fact that this keeps happening.

Although each and every one of the victims hold a special place in my heart, I will end with a very popular quote by one of them that I try to live by everyday:

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” - Rachel Joy Scott

The memorial after Columbine all around the school.

The memorials were literally everywhere, clement park, the parking lot, behind the school, the tennis courts. Everywhere you looked, you would see blue and silver, tents filled with posters and messages, teddy bears, balloons. These photos were taken by Tom Mauser. 

A collection of messages from a school in Oregon, where another school shooting took place. 

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16 years ago (April 20th, 1999) -  Two Columbine High School seniors, Eric Harris, & Dylan Klebold, killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At about 11:20 a.m., Dylan and Eric, dressed in long trench coats, began shooting students outside the school before moving inside to continue their rampage. By the time SWAT team officers finally entered the school at about 3:00 p.m Klebold and Harris had killed 12 fellow students and a teacher, and had wounded another 23 people. Then, around noon, they turned their guns on themselves and committed suicide.

Greg Barnes

In loving memory of Greg Barnes.

 On May 4th, 2000, a Columbine High School student named Greg Barnes, committed suicide by hanging while listening to “Adam’s Song” by Blink - 182 set to loop on repeat. 

Greg was a 17 year old junior who loved to play basketball. On April 20th, 1999, he survived the Columbine High School massacre, but saw Coach David Sanders take his last breaths, as well as having to find out that a close friend of his, Mattew Ketcher, had passed.

Today, on May 4th, 2016, I ask you to light a candle for him and the other lost souls. The Columbine tragedy did not last for one day, it lasts forever. It scars people, inside and out. 

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, please reach out. We cannot keep losing children because of their sadness. People like you and I can help. I will take this day to tell you that you are loved and you are beautiful. 

Rest in peace, Greg Barnes. 

Rest in peace to any children lost because of this.

Columbine calendar

6 January- Kelly Fleming birthday

17 January- Lauren Townsend birthday

19 February- Matthew Kechter birthday

2 March- Daniel Rohrbough birthday

3 March- Corey DePooter birthday

9 April- Eric Harris birthday

20 April- shooting anniversary

5 May- Kyle Velasquez birthday

25 June- Daniel Mauser birthday

4 August- Isaiah Shoels birthday

5 August- Rachel Scott birthday

28 August- Steven Curnow birthday

1 September- John Tomlin birthday

11 September- Dylan Klebold birthday

22 October- Dave Sanders birthday 

6 November- Cassie Bernall birthday

Made a college of all those killed at Columbine on April 20th, 1990. im sorry this sucks. I was in a hurry.

Victims (no order): Steven Curnow (14), Corey DePooter (17), Kelly Fleming (16), Matt Ketcher (16), Daniel Mauser (15), Daniel Rohrbough (15), Coach Dave Sanders (47), Rachel Scott (17), Isaiah Shoels (18), John Tomlin (16), Lauren Townsend (18), Kyle Velasquez (16), Eric Harris (18), Dylan Klebold (17)

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Baby/Kids Photos of the Columbine Victims

In order #1 : Corey DePooter, Matthew Kechter, Kelly Fleming, Cassie Bernall and Daniel Rohrbough

In order #2: Daniel Mauser, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Kyle Velasquez and Rachel Scott

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“I suddenly found myself looking up at the windows of the old library and I was kind of just looking up there and I started talking to Kelly and telling her how much I missed her and loved her and I was so sorry for what happened to her there and I was praying to God that she was just truly happy and at peace. It was like almost immediately a movement caught my eye as I was looking up in the windows and I realized it was a figure moving across the front of the old library windows, I knew almost instantly that it was an angel and I was like oh my gosh. She was very clear to me when she started, she had like a long flowing gown, I knew she was very elegant and I was just "oh my gosh that’s an angel” and I wish I had a camera was the thought that came to mind. Then I did realize I had a camera sitting here in the front seat so I grabbed the camera, I took a couple of pictures very quick and then she was gone. I just knew she was sent as an answer to my prayer and I knew she had brought me a message from Kelly and I knew she was telling me that “I am with you always mom, I am happy and I’m at peace.”.“

- Dee Fleming, mother of Kelly Fleming