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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.

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.

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.

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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)

anonymous asked:

Could you tell me what year in high school everyone was sorry I'm a little late

No problem.


Freshman (Grade 9) 

  • Steven Curnow - 14 
  • Daniel Rohrbough - 15

Sophomore (Grade 10)

  • Daniel Mauser - 15
  • Matt Kechter - 16
  • Kelly Fleming - 16
  • John Tomlin - 16
  • Kyle Velasquez - 16

Junior (Grade 11) 

  • Cassie Bernall - 17
  • Corey DePooter - 17
  • Rachel Scott - 17

Senior (Grade 12)  

  • Dylan Klebold - 17
  • Lauren Townsend - 18 
  • Eric Harris - 18
  • Isaiah Shoels - 18
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.

On this day, you are to remember the victims, the students that were there that day, the families of every single person in that building, the people affected by the aftermath, the people lost in the aftermath. Every. Single. Person. No matter who they were, what they did, or who they knew. Don’t spend this day just thinking about Eric and Dylan. Remember everyone. Remember Columbine. And have some peace in mind for everyone who was affected that day, and is still affected today.


-Bonnie

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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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

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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.

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

18 Years Ago

Remember Them.
The Victims of the Columbine Massacre
(In order of age)

Steven Curnow, 14
Steven’s birthday was on the 28th of August 1984, and he was a freshman at Columbine High School when the massacre happened. He was fatally shot by Eric Harris in the shoulder and in the neck, while he was hiding under a table in the library, and passed away from the injuries shortly after. Steven was believed to have been a huge Star Wars fan, and he had also hoped to maybe have become a Navy pilot after he graduated and left school.

Daniel Rohrbough, 15
Daniel was born on the 2nd of March, 1984, and was in freshman year when he died in the massacre. He was shot by Eric Harris in the leg, but was killed by Dylan Klebold, from being shot once in the head and once in the stomach, while he was heading out of the cafeteria with his friends, who were both injured in the attack. He was supposedly a big fan of computer games, electronics and such. After Daniel passed, his family took the slab of stone he died on and kept it under a swing in their backyard to remember him by, and always have a piece of him with them.

Daniel Mauser, 15
Daniel’s birthday was the 25th of June, 1983 and was a sophomore when he passed. He was shot with a 9mm bullet in the nose by Eric Harris, and said bullet traveled through his neck and unfortunately killed him in the library. He was said to have loved a challenge and to push himself, and so he joined the debate team to battle his shyness, the cross country team to improve his psychical health and was said to have enjoyed to study the sciences.

Matthew (Matt) Ketcher, 16
Matt was born on February 19th, 1983, and was in his sophomore year of high school.
He was shot by Dylan Klebold with a bullet that entered his left shoulder, passed through his neck and lung and exited through his right arm. He passed in the library.
Matt managed to maintain a straight A average grade and was trying to make the starting squad as a lineman.

Kelly Fleming, 16
Kelly Ann Fleming was born on the 6th of January in the year 1983, and was in sophomore year at Columbine High when she passed away. She was sadly shot once in the lower back by Eric Harris and died shortly after while she was in the library. She was believed to have been very musical, and loved to write her own songs and write poetry.

John Tomlin, 16
On September 1st, 1983, John Tomlin was born, and woefully passed away on April 20th 1999 while he was in his sophomore year of high school. He was grazed in the chest by Eric Harris, and his head was shot three times by Dylan Klebold, before he perished in the library. He worked at a nursing home in Littleton to save up for a truck, and was said to have planned on entering the Army after graduation.

Kyle Velasquez, 16
Kyle was born on the 5th of May, 1983 and was in his sophomore year when he passed away. Kyle was unable to get under the tables as fast as everyone else, and therefore was unjustly shot by Dylan Klebold once in the back of his left shoulder and once in the head. He died in the library.
Kyle had a stroke a birth, which lead to later difficulties in life, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying spending time with his family, his cats, eating ice cream, watching sports games and riding his bicycle. He was a student at Columbine for only 3 months, and was thought to have been ‘just beginning to spread his wings.’

Cassie Bernall, 17
Cassie was born in 1981, on November 6th. She was a junior when she sadly died in the Columbine Massacre. Cassie was shot by Eric Harris once in the right side of her head, the same shot also hit one of her fingers. Eric mocked “Peek-a-boo,” before shooting her under table 19. She passed in the library. Cassie was a devoted and dedicated goth, and even dabbled in witchcraft before becoming a Born Again Christian. She was active in her church youth programs and bible study, and was apparently nicknamed ‘Bunny Rabbit’

Corey DePooter, 17
His birthday was the 3rd of March, 1982 and was in his junior year of high school. Corey was on duty as a library volunteer when he was shot once by Dylan Klebold in the left shoulder, and three times in the arm, neck and back by Eric Harris, who was responsible for his death. He perished in the library. Corey was known for his love to fish and his irresistible likableness. “Corey was always able to pick up our spirits in a gloomy situation.” Corey had hoped to serve his country as a marine in the future.

Rachel Scott, 17
Rachel Joy Scott, one of the more well known victims, was born on the 5th of August, 1981 and was also in her junior year of high school when she died. Rachel was shot four times, one shot each, in her arm, rib cage, temple and leg by Eric Harris while she was sitting outside with her friend Richard. She passed away out on the grass. Rachel was a faithful Christian, along with her parents Darrel Scott and Beth Nimmo. She was in the Forensic Club and Drama Club and she had starred in her school play, ‘The Smoke in The Room’, on April 2nd 1999. Rachel was a smoker, but her date to prom, Nick Baumgart, had asked her to quit before prom, which she did, remarkably.

Dylan Klebold, 17
Dylan was born on September 11th, 1981 and died on April 20th 1999 while he was a senior in high school. Dylan, along with his friend Eric Harris, carried out one of the most brutal attacks on a school in American history. He killed 5 people and injured more. Dylan killed himself in the library by shooting himself in the left temple, and passed away approximately 1 to 3 minutes later. Dylan, or in his earlier years, referred to as ‘Sunshine Boy’ by his mother Sue, was interested in both computer games and engineering, and had already been accepted to a college in Arizona prior to the attack. He had said he might’ve liked to do something to do with computers in the future, and was known to his peers as and shy, funny-looking kid, that mostly kept to himself. For a short period of time, he worked alongside Eric in a pizzeria called BlackJacks Pizza.

Lauren Townsend, 18
She was born on the 17th of January, 1981 and was a senior at Columbine High School when she died. Lauren was shot 6 times by Dylan Klebold in the back torso, and suffered 3 more shots in the front torso plus a graze to the head caused by Eric Harris. She perished in the library. Lauren played piano and the clarinet, and was also the captain of the volleyball team, while she also maintained a 4.0 GPA. She planned to work as a technician on a research trip to South America that summer.

Eric Harris, 18
Eric David Harris was born on April 9th, 1981 and was one of the gunmen in one of the worst school shootings ever recorded in history, the Columbine Massacre in ‘99. He killed 8 people and injured more. Eric suffered a drastic blow to the head, after placing his gun in his mouth and shooting himself alongside Dylan Klebold. He died instantly. Eric was indecisive about going to college, but said he was interested in doing something with computers. He was thought to have maybe gone onto do video game design in the future, after he designed his own levels of his favourite computer game, Doom, or maybe to have gone into the army. He worked in BlackJacks Pizza with Dylan Klebold, and was awfully fond of his dog Sparky.

Isaiah Shoels, 18
Isaiah was born on August 4th, 1981, and was in his senior year of high school when he passed away. He was shot once in the left arm, which went through his armpit and then his heart, and exited through his right arm, by Eric Harris, after being called a racial slur by Dylan Klebold. Isaiah was colour blind, and after undergoing heart surgery at 7 months, and after the doctors told his parents he probably wouldn’t live past 5, Isaiah went on to wrestle for Columbine, lift weights and play in the Youth Football League.

William David Sanders, 47
Dave Sanders was born October 22nd 1951, and had been a teacher at Columbine High School for 25 years when he passed away. He suffered two shots in his back which exited through his front by Eric Harris, and he bled out for three hours before dying in the science room. Dave was an exceptionally good sports coach and computers and business teacher. He also coached the girls basketball and softball teams. Dave is thought of as a hero, because of how quick he took to respond and take to action after he heard the news the gunmen were in the school grounds. He spend the last minutes before he got shot running through the halls and making sure no one was outside a classroom. He is survived by his wife, four children and five grandkids.

Rest in Peace, the victims of the Columbine Tragedy.
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April 20, 1999

“It brought the nation to its knees, but now that we’ve gotten back up how have things changed; what have we learned?”

16 years later, the nation is still being brought to its knees only to find itself asking the same questions. 

May the Victims Never Be Forgotten:

Cassie Bernall   Steven Curnow           Dylan Klebold
Rachel Scott       Lauren Townsend      Eric Harris
Isaiah Shoels     Dan Rohrbough
John Tomlin       Kyle Velasquez
Daniel Mauser   Corey DePooter
Kelly Fleming     William Sanders
Mathew Kechter