Columbine updates | 2014 - Present day
Columbine Shooting Aftermath 2014 to present
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2014 - Present Day


April 30, 2014 -- Documentary television series Killing Spree airs an episode called Columbine Massacre (offsite link). It features Sean Graves, Craig Scott, Tom Mauser, Randy and Judy Brown, Frank DeAngelis, and others.

February 15, 2014 -- Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink announced that the department destroyed the Basement Tapes back in 2011. The rest of the evidence from the Columbine shootings was deemed too inflammatory as well and was also destroyed, according to his statement.


February 15, 2016 -- Sue Klebold published A Mother's Reckoning : Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy against the wishes of her ex-husband Thomas and her son Byron. She donated the proceeds to charity organizations focused on mental illness and suicide prevention.

February 22, 2016 -- ABC 20/20 interviewed Sue Klebold.


February 14, 2018 -- 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went to the campus in Parkland, Florida, where he shot and killed 17 people and injured 17 more. He escaped by blending in with the fleeing students, but was arrested an hour later. He was later given life in prison without parole. On the news, the incident looked eerily similar to footage from Columbine, sparking adverse reactions in many of the survivors.


March 31, 2019 -- Frank DeAngelis published his book: They Call Me Mr. De: The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery.

April 16, 2019 -- Obsessed with the Columbine shootings, 18-year-old Sol Pais flew from her Florida home to Denver, Colorado where she purchased a pump-action shotgun and ammunition on arriving. Online, she had professed her infatuation for the tragedy and the gunmen, which caused concern that she may pose a threat to a school. 22 schools in the Denver area were put into lockdown shortly after noon.

April 17, 2019 -- Sol Pais was found dead at the base of Mount Evans west of Denver. Cause of death was self-inflicted gunshot wound using the shotgun she purchased the previous day.

April 18, 2019 -- Ripples of Columbine, a documentary created by Rocky Mountain PBS, aired in honor of the 20th anniversary of the shooting. It features survivors of the shooting including Lance Kirklin, Makai Hall, and Diwata Perez Quach. Quach is now married with her own family and became a nurse because of her experience at Columbine.

April 19, 2019 -- Sean Graves did a mini-documentary series by 9News, Columbine: 20 Years Later (offsite link).

April 20, 2019 -- 20 years since the Columbine shooting. Frank DeAngelis still says a morning mantra of the names of the victims who were killed at the school. Dawn Anna still saves a seat when she goes to the movies for her slain daughter, Lauren Townsend.

April 26, 2019 -- Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson, a survivor of the Columbine shooting, published her book, Over My Shoulder : A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed.

May 18, 2019 -- After battling opioid addiction since his hospitalization in 1999 following the shooting, Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks died from an accidental heroin overdose at age 37. The 2018 Parkland, Florida shooting had a major impact on him. He was quoted in a news article saying: "..students running out with their hands above them, the armored vehicles and the police cars and ambulances on the grass... this one is really close to home."


May 4, 2020 -- Greg Zanis, who created the crosses seen at the memorial, died from bladder cancer at age 69. Greg spent his later years making memorial crosses for others, and even started a charity, Crosses for Losses. People knew him as "the cross man".

July 26, 2020 -- Ripples of Columbine wins a regional documentary Emmy.


November 6, 2022 -- John Stone, who was Jefferson County Sheriff during the Columbine shooting, passed away in hospice at the age of 73.

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