blahh, every time i watch that tribute video to daniel mauser on youtube i get so upset . he was so adorable & innocent . he had so much potential & would have done something great with his life, what a loss
inside of columbine 15 years ago.
In the days leading up to today, I didn’t think about Easter, “4/20”, or even just the fact that it was just another Sunday. Like many of you who follow me or see this post in the tags, I thought often of the victims and the shooters of Columbine fifteen years ago.
Yesterday, fifteen years ago, thirteen people would wake up and spend their last full day at school. They would go home and spend time with their friends and family members for the last time. They would sleep in their beds, which they’d never do again, and when they attended school the next day, they were totally unaware that in a few hours, they wouldn’t even be alive anymore. Many would suffer injuries that would affect them for weeks, months, or the rest of their lives.
Eric and Dylan were putting the finishing touches on everything during their last night alive, knowing that the following day they would take their own life. Their parents were totally unaware of what their sons would cause when they went to class that day.
Many witnessed their friends, acquaintances and teachers live their final seconds, and many watched them die.
Fifteen families would never see their departed loved one again.
Fifteen years ago to the minute, many desperate parents were praying and hoping that, despite almost every other child being accounted for, their kids weren’t one of the ones inside the building. They would go home that night brokenhearted to empty houses that would never be the same again.
No matter what your thoughts on Columbine are, I hope you all who follow it step back and take a second to reflect on what happened that day. Keep the families of the victims in your thoughts - this day, more than most others, is the most difficult - another “anniversary,” another reminder that a whole year has passed without their loved ones. Another reminder of every happy memory, every sad memory, and that horrible day where everything went wrong.
And, of course, think of the victims. Those who survived have emotional and physical scars that will never fully heal. Those who didn’t survive had life taken from them too soon, and religious or not, take the time to just remember them today. For some, it’s only the memories that keep them alive at all.
Matthew Joseph Kechter,16
John Robert Tomlin, 16
Daniel Lee Rohrbough,15
Corey Tyler DePooter, 17
Kyle Albert Velasquez,16
R.I.P to all 15 victims who lost their lives 15 years ago today.
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.
Eric David Harris 1981-1999
15 years today.
15 years ago today, Columbine high school students were most likely sleeping in there beds dreaming about there future not knowing that in a few hours fifteen of them would never dream again. RIP x