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 Shoels, 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 Shoels 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.

anonymous asked:

Do you know what all of the victims did on their last day alive?

I know some of their last moments. It seems a lot of parents spoke about their final moments with their children in interviews. (Some of the ones I listed are just last remembered activities, not what they did the day before sorry.)

  • Rachel Scott 
    • Rachel’s last morning by now is very well known. Rachel and her brother had gotten into an argument because they were running late to school. He had rudely slammed the door in her face and unknowingly that was his last interaction with her. 
  • Daniel Rohrbough 
    • I don’t know Daniel’s last day, but one thing that comes to mind was he held the door open for the people behind him as he fled the school.
  • Dave Sanders
    • Dave Sanders moments are also very well known. His last moments are what made him known as a hero. Instead of protecting himself and hiding, he alerted the students in the cafeteria confirming active shooters in the school. It’s safe to say he saved many peoples lives that day.
  • Kyle Velasquez 
    • Kyle was driven to school everyday by his mother.  Kyle’s last words to her were simply “Goodbye. I love you, mom.”
  • Matthew Kechter 
    • “When I heard he was one of the ones from the library, it only made sense. He was always in the library studying. He always put academics first. He had straight A’s but he would never brag about it. I kinda looked up to him because of it. He was never in a bad mood, he was consistenly happy.” - Greg Barnes 
    • Matt was sitting with Isaiah and Craig Scott that day in the library.
  • Isaiah Shoels
    • It was a typical morning for Isaiah too. He had run out of the house and left his bed unmade. 
  • Lauren Townsend
    • The night before, her mother and her father had attended a Rockies game and got home around 9:30. When they got back, Lauren was slightly upset at them for coming back so late even though she knew they would be gone. She was disappointed because she wanted to snuggle and the game interrupted their ‘snuggle time.’ Her mother sat down with her for a few minutes, but Lauren had some work left to do and went off to bed. She said goodnight and told her mom they’d snuggle tomorrow. Her mom promised to put in extra time to snuggle. She never came home.
  • John Tomlin
    • In John’s final moments, it was an everyday routine. He left his bible open on the dash of his beloved truck and was studying at the library on the day of the massacre like everyday.
  • Daniel Mauser
    • Daniel too was in the library, a daily occurrence. But as he was approached by Eric, he pushed a chair out as a way to stand up to him. He was shot right after.
  • Corey DePooter 
    • Corey and his mother had always danced together in the kitchen growing up. His mom remembers him and his brother always being good dancers. The night before his death, him and his mom just so happened to share a last dance out of the blue. It definitely wasn’t an every night occurrence, so looking back it was really special for her.
  • Cassie Bernall
    • I’ll let her mom do the talking ;)
    • “April 20, 1999, started like any other school day in our house. At five forty-five Brad, my husband, left for work, and a little later I got up to wake the kids. Getting teenagers out of bed is always a small battle, but that Tuesday was especially difficult. Cassie had stayed up late the night before catching up on homework, and her books were all over the kitchen table. Her cat’s litter box needed attention, too, and we were running late with breakfast. I remember trying not to lecture her about all the things that needed doing before she left for school….
    • About seven-twenty Chris kissed me goodbye, or at least gave me his cheek, which is what it’s gone to lately (he’s fifteen) and clattered down the stairs and out of the house. Cassie stopped at the door to put on her shoes – her beloved black velvet Doc Martens, which she wore rain or shine, even with dresses – grabbed her backpack, and headed after her brother. As she left I leaned over the banister to say goodbye, like I always do: “Bye, Cass. I love you.” “Love you too, Mom,” she mumbled back. Then she was gone, through the back yard, over the fence, and across the soccer  field to the high school, which is only a hundred yards away. I dressed, made myself a cup of coffee, locked up, and drove off to work.” 
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.

“wish you were here”

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Row 1: Isaiah Shoels, Matthew Kechter, John Tomlin, Kelly Fleming, Daniel Mauser, Corey Depooter

Row 2: Kyle Velasquez, Steven Curnow, Lauren Townsend

Row 3: Dan Rohrbough, Rachel Scott, Dave Sanders, Cassie Bernall

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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            

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Cassie Bernall: November 6, 1981 - April 20,1999

Steven Curnow: August 28, 1984 - April 20, 1999

Corey DePooter: March 3, 1982 - April 20, 1999

Kelly Fleming: January 6, 1983 - April 20, 1999

Matthew Kechter: February 19, 1983 - April 20, 1999

Daniel Rohrbough: March 2, 1984 - April 20, 1999

William “Dave” Sanders: October 22, 1951 - April 20, 1999

Rachel Scott: August 5, 1981 - April 20, 1999

Isaiah Shoels: August 4, 1980 - April 20, 1999

John Tomlin: September 1, 1982 - April 20, 1999

Lauren Townsend: January 17, 1981 - April 20, 1999

Kyle Velasquez: May 5, 1982 - April 20, 1999

Daniel Mauser: June 25, 1983 - April 20, 1999

Nineteen years ago today, on April 20, 1999, thirteen innocent people lost their lives. They were all full of life and on their way to experience many amazing things. By no decision of their own, their lives were cut short. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were the two who made this decision. While Eric and Dylan are not victims of the shooting itself, they are victims of a failed system. However, that does not and will not ever excuse what they did. We can only hope that all fifteen of the people who perished on April 20, 1999, and their families, are now at peace.