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In Memory Of

Rachel Joy Scott

August 5, 1981 - April 20, 1999


Rachel was shot while she was eating lunch on the school lawn with Richard Castaldo. At first she got hit by a volley of gunfire by Eric Harris. After she had been hit, he saw that she wasn't dead, and he came back and fired at her again. This time she died.

Rachel was one of the first students killed, and witnesses have said that she was shot only because she carried a Bible.

After the shooting, her red Acura, parked where she left it in a lot between a park and the school, became a flower and card covered shrine, often surrounded by weeping and praying classmates.

During the shooting, her younger brother Craig, 16, pretended to be dead in the library and helped lead others to safety.

Rachel's father, Darrell Scott, believes Rachel knew she was going to die young. He points to an entry in her diary written less than a year before the shooting. It reads: "This is my last year, Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you." She had also spoken to friends about how she would never have a chance to marry.

Rachel was 17 years old, and a junior at Columbine High School. She played the lead in a student written schoolplay, "Smoke In The Room" and liked photography. Rachel was a known as a strong Christian, and had lead a weekly prayer and Bible study group of fellow teens for the past year and a half. She was active in the Celebration Christian Fellowship, and was hoping to work as a missionary in Africa.

She earned good grades, and was working at the Subway sandwich shop, a couple of blocks from Columbine High School, to pay off the car she had borrowed from her parents. Rachel is survived by two brothers and two sisters.

In a diary addressed to God, Rachel wrote, "I want you to use me to reach the unreached." The diary was in her backpack the day she was shot, and has a bullet hole.




This note was left on Rachel's casket









In Loving Memory of Rachel Joy Scott (official family page)

Rachel Joy Scott: Dedicated in loving memory



April, 1999. Interview with Rachel's brother and the father of Isaiah Shoels



April 27, 2000. Colorado authorities are selling a vide showing Rachel's lifeless body beeing dragged towards a fire engine, and Rachel's family are outraged.


Where to make donations to Rachel:

The Rachel Joy Scott Memorial Fund
Englewood Municipal Federal Credit Union
1000 Englewood Parkway Suite 3-302
Englewood, Colorado 80110
(303) 762-2308


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