We need to remember not only the victims who were killed,
but the victims who witnessed
this terrible deed. - Marlise T. Parker, Denver, CO
“Dave” Sanders, 47, was a computer and business teacher for 24
years. Sanders coached girls’ basketball and softball; his
basketball team posted a winning record in his first year, 1997-98,
after finishing next-to-last the year before. He was married with two
daughters and five grandchildren. Sanders was shot twice in the chest
in a burst of gunfire while leading two-dozen students down a hallway
to safety. He survived at least three hours, until students were
rescued. Students said as Sanders lay dying, he asked them to please
tell his children that “he loved them.”
Cassie Bernall, 17, became a born-again
Christian two years ago and was active in church youth programs and
Bible study groups. Bernall recently visited Great Britain. Her
favorite movie was said to be Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart.”
Steven Curnow, 14, dreamed of being a Navy
top gun and piloting an F-16. He had seen the “Star Wars” movies
so often he could recite dialogue from the films. Curnow played
soccer as a boy and later worked as a referee to earn pocket money.
Corey DePooter, 17, was a good student who
loved to golf, hunt and fish. A former wrestler, he recently took a
maintenance job at a golf club to save up for a fishing boat with a
friend. DePooter hid under a library table with friends as the
gunmen sprayed bullets at floor level.
Kelly Fleming, 16, was an aspiring songwriter
and author who wrote scores of poems and short stories based on her
life experiences. She was learning to play the guitar. Fleming moved
from Phoenix 18 months ago and was eager to get her driver’s
license and a part-time job. She was shot in the library.
Matthew Ketcher, 16, was a junior who had
hoped to start for the football team. Ketcher lifted weights and
played on offensive and defensive lines. He maintained an A average
in school. Ketcher was shot in the library after he tried to reach
friends hiding in an adjacent video room.
Daniel Mauser, 15, was a sophomore who
excelled in math and science, and earned straight A’s on his last
report card. Mauser ran cross country and joined the debate team. He
liked to ski, camp and recently returned from a two-week trip to
Paris with the French club. Mauser was hoping to get his driver’s
license next year.
Daniel Rohrbough, 15, helped in his father’s
electronics business and worked on family farms in Kansas during the
summer. He enjoyed computer games, stereos and home theater systems.
Rohrbough was shot while holding an exit door open for fleeing
Rachel Scott, 17, played the lead in a
student-written school play, “Smoke in the Room.” Active in the
Celebration Christian Fellowship church, she also liked photography
and was hoping to work as a missionary in Africa. Scott earned good
grades while working at a Subway sandwich shop to pay off the car
she had borrowed from her parents. During the shooting rampage, her
younger brother Craig, 16, played dead in the library and helped
lead others to safety.
Isaiah Shoels, 18, was due to graduate in
May. He suffered health problems as a child and had heart surgery
twice. Shoels wanted to attend an arts college and become a music
executive. He was small in stature, but played football, wrestled
and could bench-press twice his weight. Shoels transferred from
Lakewood High School. He was shot in the head execution-style in the
school library specifically because of his race and athletic
interests, witnesses said.
John Tomlin, 16, enjoyed driving off-road in
his Chevy pickup. He worked after school in a gardening store and
belonged to a church youth group. Last year, Tomlin went on a
missionary trip to Mexico with his family and helped build a house
for low-income people. He planned to enlist in the Army in two
Lauren Townsend, 18, was captain of the girls’
varsity basketball team, which was coached by her mother. Fellow
players said she was “consumed” by the sport. Townsend, who had
a 4.0 grade point average, was a member of the National Honor
Society, a candidate for class valedictorian, and wanted to major in
biology in college. She volunteered in a local soup kitchen and also
worked after school in a veterinary hospital. Townsend attended the
school prom last week and had received a scholarship to attend
college in Colorado next fall.
Kyle Velasquez, 16, A special needs student, neighbors say Kyle touched everyone he met. Friends describe him as a big, happy boy, a “gentle giant” who always wore a smile. A military honor guard attended his funeral because Kyle had a special interest in the military and showed great respect for men and women in uniform.
is sad that the so called "Bad Guy" waste his life and the
lives of others.
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