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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.

Remembering the Victims of the Columbine High School Massacre

On April 20, 1999, two gunmen took the lives of 13 people at Columbine High School. These gunmen subsequently took their own lives as well, making the death toll 15. Today is the 18th anniversary of the attack. These are the victims, may they never be forgotten. 

Rachel Scott, 17, born on August 5, 1981.

Daniel Rohrbough, 15, born on March 2, 1984.

Kyle Velasquez, 16, born on May 5, 1982. 

Steven Curnow, 14, born on August 18, 1984.

Cassie Bernall, 17, born on November 6, 1981.

Isaiah Shoels, 18, born on August 4, 1980. 

Matthew Kechter, 16, born on February 19, 1983. 

Lauren Townsend, 18, January 17, 1981. 

John Tomlin, 16, born on September 1, 1982.

Kelly Fleming, 16, born on January 6, 1983.

Daniel Mauser, 15, born on June 25, 1983.

Corey DePooter, 17, born on March 3, 1982.

William “Dave” Sanders, 48, born on October 22, 1951.

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“Hopefully, Death Is Like Being In A Dream State.”

I can’t even imagine what it must have sounded like –
the alarms, the gunshots, the screams, the begging,
the praying, the laughter, the cheering, the crying.
I know the sound of Eric’s laugh. I know the sound
of Dylan’s voice. I’ve heard a fragment of a recording.
And I still can’t piece it together enough to hear the horror.

I can’t even imagine what it must have looked like –
the muzzle of a Tec-9 in your face,
the black boots walking past you as you hide under a table,
the boy in a trench-coat, in the hallway, with a shotgun.
Blood on the floor and blood exploding out of someone’s head,
and blood pouring out of a hole in someone’s back.

I can’t even imagine what it must have smelt like –
metallic blood, the stench of open wounds,
smoke from pipe bombs, shit and piss and sweat,
your own body odour, cafeteria lunch food,
linoleum floors, body spray, the inside of a toilet cubicle,
the inside of a storage cupboard, the smells of school and death.

I can’t even imagine what it must have felt like –
begging for your life at gunpoint while the killer laughs,
watching children being murdered
right in front of you, seeing TV violence in real life.
Closing your eyes and listening to people dying and begging
and crying and praying and whooping and whispering.

Realising that you might actually really die right here,
on the floor of a library, in an unlocked science room,
in a toilet stall, under the table of a cafeteria. Trying to pray
to any god listening that you want to live, please, please, please.
But what good did it do the other children? What good did it do
for the kids you heard getting killed?

Running out of the library and past a dead body and past
another dead body, with your hands above your head,
so the police don’t shoot you, of course.
Standing by a cop car with the images still playing in your head,
and the sounds of gunfire still ringing in your ears,
not knowing if your friends are dead or alive.

Being faced with cameras and reporters and microphones,
and an unending barrage of questions:
What did you see? What did you hear? How did you feel?
What happened? Do you know who the killers were? Why?
Where were you? What did you do? Did you talk to the killers?
Were you friends with the killers? Do you know the Trench Coat Mafia?

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like
to actually be a student or a teacher or a reporter or a photographer
or a cameraman or a journalist or a copy editor or an editor in chief
or a police officer or a SWAT team member or a paramedic or a nurse
or a doctor or the parent of a victim or the parent of someone injured
or a friend of a student or a bomb squad member or a family member.

We’ve all seen the chaos unfolding, live on the news.
We’ve seen the police standing behind cars and we’ve seen
students running for their lives, students bleeding on sidewalks,
parents hunting for children, parents hugging their kids,
people standing around and crying and holding one another,
ambulances racing and sirens blaring and cameras rolling,
but imagine living it.
—  Dear Columbiners, not everything is about Eric and Dylan, s.b.w.
I’ve never seen the TCC commemorate victims. Here.

Never forgotten. Always remembered

  - Ted Bundy’s victims-

 Donna Gail Manson, age 19. 

 Susan Elaine Rancourt, age 18. 

 Roberta Kathleen Parks, age 22

 Brenda Carol Ball, age 22. 

Georgeann Hawkins, age 18. 

 Janice Ann Ott, age 23. 

Denise Marie Naslund, age 19. 

Nancy Wilcox, age 16. .

 Melissa Anne Smith, age 17. .

 Laura Aime, age 17. 

 Debra Kent age, 17. 

 Caryn Campbell, age 23. 

Julie Cunningham, age 26. 

 Denise Oliverson, age 25. 

 Lynette Culver, age 12. 

 Susan Curtis, age 15. 

 Margaret Bowman, age 21. 

 Lisa Levy, age 20. 

 Karen Chandler, age 21.

 Kathy Kleiner, age 21. .

 Kimberly Leach, age 12. 


     - Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims-

         Steven Hicks, 19 

        Steven Tuomi, 26 

      Anthony Lee Sears, 26 

James Doxtator, 14 

      Richard Guerrero, 22

    Raymond Lamont Smith, 33 

     Ricky Beeks, 27 

     Ernest Miller, 22 

     David C. Thomas, 23 

     Curtis Straughter, 19 

     Errol Lindsey, 19 

    Tony Hughes, 31

    Konerak Sinthasomphone, 14 

     Matt Turner, 20 

     Jeremiah Weinberger, 23 

    Oliver Lacy, 23

    Joseph Bradehoft, 25 


   -   Richard Ramirez’s victims-


           Mei Leung, 9 

Jennie Vincow, 79 

          Christina and Mary Caldwell 

            Vincent and Maxine Zazzara:

            William Doi       

            Mable Bell

            Mary Louise Cannon, 75

            Chitat Assawahem

           Peter Pan 

           Tsia-Lian Yu, 30

           Dayle Yoshie Okazaki, 34

         Lela and Max Kneidings 

      Elyas Yakub Abowath, 35

          

             - Charleston Shooting victims -


        Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54).

       Susie Jackson (87)

       Ethel Lee Lance (70) 

        Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49)

        Clementa C. Pinckney (41) 

         Tywanza Sanders (26)

      Daniel Simmons (74)

       Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45)Singleton.

       Myra Thompson (59)


  - Columbine Massacre victims-

       Rachel Scott (17)

      Steven Curnow (14)

       Corey DePooter (17)

       Kelly Ann Fleming (16)

        Matt Ketcher (16)

       Daniel Mauser (15)

       Daniel  Rohrbough (15)

       Cassie Bernall (17)

       Isaiah Shoels (18)

       John Tomlin (16)

      Lauren Townsend (18)

       Kyle Velasquez (16)

      Dave Sanders (47)


  -  John Wayne Gacy’s victims-

  • Timothy McCoy (16)
  • John Butkovitch (17)
  • Darrell Sampson (18)
  • Randall Reffett (15)
  • Samuel Stapleton (14)
  • Michael Bonnin (17)
  • William Carroll (16)
  • James Haakenson (16)
  • Rick Johnston (17)
  • Kenneth Parker (16)
  • William Bundy (19)
  • Gregory Godzik (17)
  • John Szyc (19)
  • Jon Prestidge (20)
  • Matthew Bowman (19).
  • Robert Gilroy (18)
  • John Mowery (19)
  • Russell Nelson (21)
  • Robert Winch (16)
  • Tommy Boling (20)
  • David Talsma (19)
  • .William Kindred (19)
  • Timothy O'Rourke (20)
  • Frank Landingin (19)
  • James Mazzara (21)
  • Robert Piest (15)

         also rest in peace and hope you are found:              

           Body 28. Backyard. Male aged 14-18.

  • Body 26. Crawl space. Male aged 22-30
  • .Body 13. Crawl space. Male aged 17-21.
  • Body 21. Crawl space. Male aged 15-24.
  • March 15, 1977. Body 5. Crawl space. Male aged 22-32.
  • Body 10. Crawl space. Male aged 17-21

             - Ed Gein’s victims-

            Bernice Worden   

             Mary Hogan 


        - Edmund Kemper’s victims-


         Maude Kemper               

       Edmund Emil Kemper I

      Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Luchessa (18)

      Aiko Koo (15)

     Cindy Schall (18)

     Rosalind Thorpe (23) and Allison Liu (20)

     Clarnell Strandberg and Sally Hallett

  

-    Dennis Nilsen’s victims-


   Stephen Dean Holmes (14)

   Kenneth Ockendon (19)

    Billy Sutherland (27)            

    Martyn Duffey (16)   

   Malcolm Barlow (24)    

    John Howlett       

   Archibald Graham Allan

    Steve Sinclair (20)

 Also rest in peace to the unidentified victims! Hope you are found!


      -Sandy Hook shooting victims-

        Rachel D'Avino, 29

  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47 
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52,
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Leigh Soto, 27
  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine Hsu, 6
  • Catherine Hubbard, 6
  • Chase Kowalski, 7
  • Jesse Lewis, 6
  • Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
  • James Mattioli, 6
  • Grace McDonnell, 7
  • Emilie Parker, 6
  • Jack Pinto, 6
  • Noah Pozner, 6
  • Caroline Previdi, 6
  • Jessica Rekos, 6
  • Avielle Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison Wyatt, 6


   -Chardon High School shooting victims-

     Daniel Parmertor (16)

     Russel King Jr (17)

     Demetrius Hewlin (16)

-The Manson Murders-

    Steven Parent

    Sharon Tate

   Jay Sebring

   Gary Hinman

   Abigail Folger

   Leno LaBianca

  Rosemary LaBianca

  Donald Shea

  Wojciech Frykowski        

           -Aurora Shooting victims-

  • Jonathan Blunk, age 26, 
  • Alexander J. Boik, age 18, 
  • Jesse Childress, age 29, 
  • Gordon Cowden, age 51, 
  • Jessica Ghawi (a.k.a. Jessica Redfield), age 24,
  • John Larimer, age 27, )
  • Matt McQuinn, age 27, 
  • Micayla Medek, age 23, 
  • Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6, 
  • Alex Sullivan, age 27,
  • Alexander C. Teves, age 24,
  • Rebecca Wingo, age 31


       -Boston Marathon Bombing victims-

      Krystle Campbell (29)

      Martin Richard  (8)

       Lu Lingzi (23)


Rest in peace to every one of them and also every murder victim!

Never forgotten, always remembered.

May your souls rest in peace!