Thursday marks 18 years since Columbine shooting

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Thursday marks 18 years since a shocking tragedy hit our community. Twelve children and a teacher killed at Columbine High School in Jefferson County.

A memorial near the school is a place for the community to visit and remember the impact of April 20, 1999.

The wall of healing at the memorial is dedicated to those who were injured and all of those touched by the tragic events.

A ribbon at the memorial says “never forgotten,” and we agree. 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" Sanders. 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.

There will be no classes at Columbine High School Thursday, instead the students will be doing service projects.


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