The Trench Reynolds Report

All Crime Is Personal

Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of Columbine High School shootings:

— Cassie Bernall, 17. A born-again Christian, she was active in church youth programs and Bible study groups. Had recently visited Britain and loved Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart.”

— Steven Curnow, 14. A freshman, he dreamed of being a Navy top gun and piloting an F-16. Watched the “Star Wars” movies so often he could recite dialogue. Played soccer as a boy and refereed to earn pocket money.

— Corey DePooter, 17. Loved to golf, hunt and fish. The former wrestler had taken a maintenance job at a golf club to save up for a boat with a friend. He had been frustrated to miss school because he had his wisdom teeth removed.

— Kelly Fleming, 16. Aspiring songwriter and author. Wrote scores of poems and short stories based on her life experiences. A recent arrival in Colorado from Phoenix, she had been eager to get her driver’s license and a part-time job.

— Matthew Kechter, 16. A junior with an A average, he had hoped to start for the football team. The year after the attack, the Columbine football team won the state championship after dedicating the season to him.

— Daniel Mauser, 15. A sophomore, he excelled in math and science and earned straight A’s on his last report card. Ran cross country and joined the debate team. Had spent two weeks in Paris with French club.

— Daniel Rohrbough, 15. Helped in his father’s electronics business and worked on family farms in Kansas during the summer. Enjoyed computer games, stereos and home theater systems. Shot while holding an exit door open for fleeing students.

— William “Dave” Sanders, 47. Columbine teacher for 24 years, in business and science. Coached girls’ basketball and softball; in his first year as basketball coach, 1997-98, team posted winning record after finishing next to last the previous year. Married, three daughters and 10 grandchildren. Shot twice in the chest while directing students down hallway to safety.

— Rachel Scott, 17. Played lead in a student-written play, “Smoke in the Room.” Active in Celebration Christian Fellowship church. Liked photography. In drama class the day of the attack, she drew in her journal thirteen tears falling from 13 victims in red blood drops to a rose. Her younger brother Craig, 16, played dead in school library and helped lead others to safety.

— Isaiah Shoels, 18. Had been expected to graduate in May, just a few weeks after the attack. Suffered health problems as a child and had heart surgery twice. Wanted to attend an arts college and become a music executive. Small in stature, but lifted weights, played football and wrestled. Witnesses said he was shot in the head because he was black and an athlete.

— John Tomlin, 16. Enjoyed driving off-road in his beat-up Chevy pickup. Worked after-school in a gardening store and belonged to a church youth group. Went on missionary trip to Mexico with family the year before the attack and built a house for the poor. Planned to enlist in the Army.

— Lauren Townsend, 18. Senior, was captain of girls’ varsity volleyball team, coached by her mother. Other players said she was “consumed” by the sport. Member of the National Honor Society and candidate for valedictorian. Wanted to major in biology at Colorado State University.

— Kyle Velasquez, 16. The sophomore was a gentle giant, growing to 6 feet by the time he was a sophomore. Loved his older brother, Daniel, ice cream and the Denver Broncos.

4 thoughts on “Remember the Victims

  1. Lois says:

    “In drama class the day of the attack, she drew in her journal thirteen tears falling from 13 victims in red blood drops to a rose.”

    This is weird…I haven’t read of it before (although most of the material I read was based on Eric and Dylan, not the victims.) Did she coincidentally draw this picture on the day, just before the shooting? Or do you think that it’s just propaganda?

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  2. kill machine. says:

    How touching.

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  3. jim says:

    *posted for email purposes*

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