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Doves, heartbreak and hope on 20th anniversary of Columbine High School massacre

Updated : 2019-04-21 10:31:26

A week-long series of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre culminated on Saturday with a remembrance ceremony celebrating the lives of the 13 victims slain in the rampage. On April 20, 1999, two Columbine students, just three weeks shy of graduation, stormed the suburban Denver school armed with shotguns and semiautomatic weapons, fatally shooting 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide. Addressing hundreds of people gathered at Saturday's service in a park next to the school, Dawn Anna, mother of slain student Lauren Townsend, spoke on behalf of all the families of the victims about their sense of loss. This year's remembrances were marred this week when a Florida teenager, who authorities said was "obsessed" with Columbine, traveled to Colorado where she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Thirteen doves were released at the end of the ceremony. For the relatives of those killed, April 20 evokes a mix of emotions from sorrow and anguish to fond memories of loved ones.

Will Beck, a survivor of the attack at Columbine high school, hugs Lee Andres (R) at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Will Beck, a survivor of the attack at Columbine high school, hugs Lee Andres (R) at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Will Beck, a survivor of the attack at Columbine high school (R), cries with his family at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Will Beck, a survivor of the attack at Columbine high school (R), cries with his family at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Dawn Anna, mother of Lauren Townsend, killed in the Columbine high school attack, hugs a visitor in a Columbine jacket at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Dawn Anna, mother of Lauren Townsend, killed in the Columbine high school attack, hugs a visitor in a Columbine jacket at the Columbine memorial a day before the school shooting's 20th anniversary, in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Cassanda Sadusky, survivor of the attack, looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Cassanda Sadusky, survivor of the attack, looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Sean Graves, shot six times in the Columbine high school shooting, sheds a tear with his wife Kara at his side at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. Graves was paralyzed from the neck down but after dozens of surgeries can now walk. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Sean Graves, shot six times in the Columbine high school shooting, sheds a tear with his wife Kara at his side at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. Graves was paralyzed from the neck down but after dozens of surgeries can now walk. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Sean Graves, shot six times in the Columbine high school shooting (L), hugs Patrick Ireland, shot in the head in the shooting, at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. Graves was paralyzed from the neck down but after dozens of surgeries can now walk. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Sean Graves, shot six times in the Columbine high school shooting (L), hugs Patrick Ireland, shot in the head in the shooting, at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. Graves was paralyzed from the neck down but after dozens of surgeries can now walk. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A woman looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A woman looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Couples listen during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Couples listen during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
The Queen City Pipe Band closes a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
The Queen City Pipe Band closes a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Girls in Columbine t-shirts listen at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Girls in Columbine t-shirts listen at a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Columbine high school attack in Littleton, Colorado, U.S., April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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