Colorado has seen school shootings before - Columbine HS, Platte Canyon HS & Deer Creek MS

DENVER - It's a heartbreaking sentence to write, but Colorado has been the site of other schools shootings in the past.

"This is a horror that no child, no family should have to endure," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said after Friday's shooting.

Our community has come together after the deadly shooting at Columbine High School, the murder of Emily Keyes at Platte Canyon High School and the shooting of two students at Deer Creek Middle School before a heroic teacher and other staff members tackled the gunman.

-- Columbine High School

On April 20, 1999, two students walked into Columbine High School, attempted to set off several bombs and opened fire. They took the lives of 12 classmates and a teacher before they took their own lives.

The victims of that tragic shooting were:

- Cassie Bernall. A born-again Christian who was active in church youth programs and Bible study groups.

- Steven Curnow. A Star Wars fan who dreamed of being a Navy Top Gun and piloting an F-16.

- Corey Depooter. He loved to golf, hunt and fish. He had recently taken a job at a golf club to save up for a boat with a friend.

- Kelly Fleming. She was an aspiring songwriter and author.

- Matthew Kechter. He hoped to start for the Rebels' football team.

- Daniel Mauser. He earned straight A's on his last report card. He ran cross-country and joined the debate team.

- Daniel Rohrbough. He helped in his father's electronics business and worked on family farms during the summer. He was shot holding an exit door open for fleeing students.

- William "Dave" Saunders. A teacher at Columbine for 24 years. He coached girls' basketball and softball.

- Rachel Scott. She had recently played the lead in a student play.

- Isaiah Shoels. He wanted to attend arts college and become a music executive.

- John Tomlin. He went on a missionary trip to Mexico with his family and built a home for the underprivileged.

- Lauren Townsend. She was captain of the varsity volleyball team. She wanted to major in biology in college.

- Kyle Velasquez. Neighbors said his personality touched everyone he met.

-- Platte Canyon High School

Seven years later and 38 years miles away, an armed man, a 53-year-old drifter, walked into Platte Canyon High School on September 27, 2006 and took seven girls hostage at the high school.

He released all of them except one, Emily Keyes. That gunman shot and killed Emily and himself when a SWAT team stormed the classroom.

Before she died, Emily sent her parents text messages -- "I love you guys" and "I love u guys. k?"

Emily's parents have created the "I Love U Guys" Foundation ( to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations and government entities.

-- Deer Creek Middle School

In February 2010, once again a gunman walked onto a Colorado school campus and shot students. Two students were injured, fortunately, both survived and were OK.

The students were shot at Deer Creek Middle School, just three miles from Columbine.

Teacher David Benke and other employees tackled the gunman as he was trying to re-load his hunting rifle. The gunman was arrested. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse. He was taken to the state mental hospital.

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