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.
Everyone should go see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It was fantastic! Just a fair warning, it’s an action fantasy, not historical, but boy was it epic. Guy Ritchie never disappoints. The cast was amazing, especially Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, and the soundtrack was absolutely flawless. I went to see it in 3D and I had chills all over my body. If you’re a big fantasy fan like me, you should definitely go see it.
In late 2001, a witness came forward to say that a member of the SWAT team at Columbine feared he had “accidentally shot a student” during the attack. According to Brian Rohrbough, that student was his son Daniel. Bullet shells from police were found all around Daniel’s body, and investigators recovered only one of the three bullets that killed him. Furthermore, police officer Jim Taylor told Brian Rohrbough that he had seen Daniel killed while running from Eric and Dylan—which didn’t explain how Daniel was shot from the front, at the angle of someone below him.Daniel’s parents tape-recorded this conversation. When the police issued a statement from Taylor saying he had never told Brian he’d seen Daniel shot, Brian produced the tape. Taylor was placed on leave the next day.
Brown, B & Merritt, R. (2002). No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine.
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.
Joshua Lapp was a sophomore at Columbine High School and on the day of the massacre, he hid under a table in the library. He was located only about five feet from the table Daniel Mauser cowered under and Josh shielded his friend Brittany in case the gunmen walked by. He recalls: “I was looking over my shoulder the whole time. I wasn’t going to let them shoot me without looking me in the eyes. I used to watch, like, Lethal Weapon - all those action movies. I remember that they say it’s hard to kill somebody if they’re looking you in the eyes. I don’t know if it’s true, but, as far as I was concerned, it was real at the time. So I was making sure that if they were going to come over and shoot us, I was going to look them in the eyes.“
After Eric Harris fatally shot Daniel Mauser in the face, Joshua could see them looming closer to where he resided. He said, “Then, they walked on the outside of Daniel’s desk, so they were about two desk lengths away. They both looked at me. I made eye contact with them both. They were straight-faced, like I would look at somebody walking down the street. They didn’t act like they had hurt anybody a second ago. They acted like it was normal. And for some reason, they kept walking.”
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.
“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