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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.

Columbine Victims:

Cassie Bernall: Cassie was a seventeen year old “born again” Christian. Her nickname was “Bunny Rabbit.” She was shot twice by Eric Harris, once in the hand and once in the head. She died instantly.

Daniel Mauser: Danny was an exceptionally bright student who excelled in math and science. He was apart of the debate team and loved swimming and hiking. He was shot once in the face by Eric Harris, he died almost within three minutes.

Steven Curnow: Steven was 14 years old, a great soccer player, who also worked as a referee. He loved Spanish, technology, and gym class. He was shot in the neck by Eric Harris. He died within seven minutes.

Lauren Townsend: Lauren was 18 years old, captian of the varsity volleyball team. She was an all A student who loved animals and hiking. Her nickname was “Lulu” and she was a very talented sketch artist. She was shot approximately nine times by Dylan Klebold. She died within two minutes.

Kelly Fleming: Kelly was 16 years old and a beautiful poet. She loved to write, read and draw. She loved to read books about vampires. She was also under the same table as Lauren. Kelly was shot in the lower back by Dylan Klebold. She died within 3-6 minutes.

Isaiah Shoels: Isaiah was a minority at Columbine High, being one of few African Americans. He was on the school’s football and wrestling team. He was born with a severe heart condition, but overcame it as the years went on. He was shot in the chest by Eric Harris. He died within two minutes.

Matt Kechter: Matt was 16 years old and sitting under the same table as Isaiah. He was in the National Honors Society and was on the Columbine’s football team. He had all As and was very bright. He was shot in the chest by Dylan Klebold. He died within three minutes.

Corey DePooter: Corey was 17 and wanted to be in the Marine Corps. He loved fishing, hiking, hunting, and golf. He worked at a golf course to save up for a new car. He got good grades, never caused trouble and was on the schol’s wrestling team freshman and sophomore year. He was shot seven times by Dylan Klebold. He died almost instantly. 

Rachel Scott: Rachel was 17 years old and is probably one of the most well known victims due to her lying parents and brother. Rachel was heavily involved in drama club and was in many plays. She was shot three times, arm, chest, and head, by Eric Harris. She died instantly.

Dave Sanders: Dave was a 47 year old staff member at Columbine. He was a well known coach for many sports team and was trying hard to evacuate students from the cafeteria and hallways while Eric and Dylan were shooting. He was shot three times by Eric Harris. Unfortunately, he died within three hours.

Kyle Velasquez: Kyle was 16 years old, and was known as a “gentle giant.” He loved his family dearly and suffered from asthma and mental disabilities. He wanted to be a firefighter. He was shot in the head by Dylan Klebold. He died instantly.

John Tomlin: John was 16 years old, and was a weight lifter. He was Christian and loved to help others out. He had a seven month relationship with his girlfriend, Michelle. He was shot in the chest by Eric Harris, but fatally in the head by Dylan Klebold. He died almost instantly.

Daniel Rohrbough: Daniel was 15 years old and loved electronics and computer games. He helped his father with stereos and his grandfather with harvesting . He was shot abdomen and leg once, then shot again in the chest by Dylan Klebold. He died within five minutes.

Eric Harris: Eric was 18 years old, and one of the two gunman. He spoke fluent German, got good grades and was very bright. He worked as a cook and shift manager at a pizza place called Blackjack. He died by a self inflicted gunshot wound to the roof of the mouth. He died instantly.

Dylan Klebold: Dylan was 17 years old, and the other gunman. He spoke French and German and was exceptionally good at math. He worked as a cook at Blackjack, and was accepted to University of Arizona. He died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the left temple. He died within five minutes.

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.

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

A few little known Columbine facts;

▪Craig Scott, Rachel Scott’s brother, was in the library next to Matthew Kecther and Isaiah Shoels, both of whom died. However, little do people know that when Craig heard Dylan and Eric approach, he took off the white baseball cap he’d been wearing, a symbol for jocks.

•After being shot in the hallway, Dave Sanders, a teacher and coach, had crawled into a nearby science classroom and collapsed on the desk. In doing this, he knocked out teeth.

•Rachel Scott had been a smoker and just before prom, her date, Nick B., had asked her to quit. She did, but had she not, she would have been in the “smoker’s pit”, and not in Dylan and Eric’s path.

•Eric Harris had always been fond of his dog, Sparky. When Sparky fell ill, Eric and his family knew the survival chance was low. To enable Eric to spend more time with his dog, Dylan Klebold worked both his and Eric’s shift so Eric could take the time off.

•Eric would teeter between taking his Luvox, for anger and mood management, and not taking this. In not taking it consistently, Eric was able to build a chemical imbalance that only gave him added rage and instability. This helped to sponsor his desire to execute the attack.

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Dave Sanders

William “Dave” Sanders was a teacher at Columbine Highschool, Colorado, and the third victim of the 1999 massacre perpetrated by students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Dave was 47 at the time of his death, a computer and business teacher at the high school for 25 years, and coach of the girls basketball and softball teams.

When Harris and Klebold started firing outside the school, he ran to the cafeteria and sounded the alarm. He helped get more than 100 students out of the path of danger by herding them away from the shooters.

Dave was in the upstairs hall trying to get students safely hidden in classrooms when he was shot from behind by Eric Harris. He was hit in the torso, head and neck. He managed to get himself into a science lab where he died nearly three hours later from blood loss.

His last words were reported to be: “Tell my family I love them.”

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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’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!

During repairs in Columbine shortly after the shootings, the Science room that coach Dave Sanders died in was completely gutted and remodeled. The floor tiling was removed, as well as several desks and the ceiling tiles.

During the shooting, Sanders sustained two entry wounds in his shoulders through shots fired by Dylan Klebold. Despite this, he managed to crawl into a nearby science room and then collapsed. Student Aaron Hancey came to help and kept him talking through photos of his wife and kids. However, major help arrived too late and he died in the school. He was the only teacher who died in the massacre.

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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I get very emotional whenever I think of everyone who died on 4/20/99. They were young. It’s sad to think what those families went through that day. Just imagine that you hear that there’s a shooting going on in your child’s school. Or imagine finding out that your child is the shooter. It devastates me to think about. It could’ve been prevented. I cry just thinking about it. They all had stories. They all had a life. Just thinking that at one point I shared this planet with them is heartbreaking. 😢
RIP
Cassie
Kelly
Danny
Daniel
Rachel
Lauren
John
Dave
Kyle
Corey
Matt
Isaiah
Steve
Eric
Dylan

(No hate)

One person that I don’t think gets enough recognition from the Columbine massacre is Dave Sanders.

From the moment he heard the gunshots, he started clearing out the cafeteria as well as the whole school. While he was trying to save everyone else, he ran into Eric Harris and was shot. Then he proceeded to bleed out for THREE PAINFUL HOURS before dying.

Dave Sanders died a hero. He’s the one we should be making a movie about.

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13 of the Victims from the Shooting at Columbine High school( April 20, 1999)

  • Rachel Scott
  • Daniel Rohrbough
  • Dave Sanders
  • Kyle Velasquez
  • Steven Curnow
  • Cassie Bernall
  • Isaiah Shoels
  • Matthew Kechter
  • Lauren Townsend
  • John Tomlin
  • Kelly Fleming
  • Daniel Mauser
  • Corey Depooter

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