Remembering Columbine 10 Years Later

April 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's been ten years since the horrifying high school massacre at Columbine. Two students went on a violent rampage at their own school. When it was over, 15 people were dead, including the shooters.

Sunday night, hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil in Littleton, Colorado. Monday marks ten-years since the Columbine High School shooting here. Twelve students and one teacher, Dave Sanders, lost their lives that day. "We've spent ten years every year remembering the day of his death. And I think from here on out we're really going to try to celebrate his life," said Connie Sanders, Dave Sander's daughter.

Sean Graves is a Columbine survivor. He was shot six times during the rampage. "You know my injuries didn't make me who I am. It's how I dealt with those injuries and what had happened to me early on when I was 15, that's made me who I am today."

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two seniors at the suburban school, killed themselves after targeting fellow students with shotguns, a rifle and a semiautomatic handgun.

Those who continue to walk the halls of Columbine every day feel a heavy burden. "There is some survivor guilt on my part. I really feel the need to rebuild this community," said Columbine Principal Frank Deangelis.

For most of the country, the name Columbine has become a reminder of one the worst school massacres in U.S. history. But for many of those who lived it, it's more about the cherished memories of loved ones.

"Columbine's changed the world in a positive way and that's the legacy that we want to think about," said Bruce Beck, Lauren Townsend's Father.

The high school will be closed Monday as a show of respect to those who lost their lives that day. A memorial service is planned for Monday night.

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