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Rachel Joy Scott (August 5, 1981 – April 20, 1999) was the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre, which claimed the lives of 12 students, one teacher and the two perpetrators, in one of the deadliest high school shooting in United States history. Rachel was shot while eating lunch with a friend on the lawn outside the school’s library. She was killed by Eric Harris with multiple gunshot wounds to her head, chest, arm, and leg. After the killings, her car was turned into a flower shrouded memorial in the adjacent Clement Park after being moved from the school’s parking lot by grieving students. A long chain link fence was installed for mourners to attach teddy bears, letters and other gifts. Rachel’s younger brother, Craig, was also at the school at the time. He was in the library where most of the killings took place. He survived unharmed.
Early news reports said that one of the gunmen, after having first shot Rachel in her leg, picked her up by her hair and asked the wounded girl if she still believed in God, and that she had answered “You know I do.” She believed in God all her life. Her response provoked a second, fatal shot to her head at point-blank range. This was based on videotapes made by the teenage perpetrators in which they are said to mock Rachel by name for her beliefs. — Wikipedia
Thank you for inspiring me to go out of my way to show compassion to other people no matter what life deals my way. You’ve truly started a chain reaction. God bless you, Rachel.