Im Memory Of
Kelly Ann Fleming
January 6, 1983 - April 20, 1999
Kelly was shot in the library, where she often went to write during the lunch hour.
Kelly was 16 years old and an aspiring songwriter and author. She wrote scores of poems and short stories based on her life experiences. On her computer, Kelly wrote her biography. She started with the beginning, when her mothers water broke, and she came into this world. She had gotten to age 5.
Kelly was not an outgoing, charismatic person. She expressed herself best on paper. Often, after school, she would drift into her math teacher's office, where she would share her latest work.
"Math certainly wasn't her favorite subject," said Jud Blatchford, who taught her math last year and first semester this year. "She was more of an artsy-type person." Even so, Kelly shared her poems and stories with Blatchford.
"She was really shy. She would never read them to me," he said. Instead, she would hand over the paper and let Blatchford absorb the words himself.
She often wrote about herself, about the struggles she faced. They sometimes started with themes of sorrow and depression, but moved on to a sense of safety and happiness by their conclusion.
"She was one of the kindest students I've ever had," Blatchford said.
He will serve as one of her pall bearers during her funeral at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
Kelly moved from Phoenix 18 months ago when her father got a job transfer to Denver. "We scoured the city to find a great neighborhood and a great school, somewhere where the girls would be safe," her dad, Don Fleming, said.
"It was hard to uproot", said her mother, Diedra. "But Kelly had made several good friends. She was your basic, normal, beautiful teenage girl."
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