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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the halls of Columbine High School in the video Hitmen for HireWho were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold? Why did they do what they did? Together these young men were brought to the world's attention when they laid siege to Columbine High School the morning of April 20, 1999. Before that day they were just a couple of American high school seniors only two weeks away from graduation... or so those who knew them believed.

For well over a year before the shooting the two teen boys had been making plans to attack their school and the people in it. According to what they said in the hate-filled journals and videos they left behind, they wanted to take revenge on the people they accused of picking on and snubbing them. More than that: They wanted to destroy the school.

We will never know answers to all of the questions left in the wake of the tragedy but this site has gathered together a collection of documents, reports, photos, videos, and other information about the gunmen that will shed some light on what happened before, during, and after the grim events of one of the world's worst school shootings. The links below lead to detailed information about each of the Columbine shooters. The information provided is primarily taken from the Columbine Report and other official documents and interviews that Jefferson County has released over the years since the shootings.

Dylan Klebold

Eric Harris

* Many people have asked me about the pictures of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's bodies in the library. Yes, I've seen the images. No, they're not hosted at this website. The families of the deceased made it clear they find the circulation of the pictures hurtful, so they have never appeared on this site and they never will. Images of victims seen elsewhere on this site have been used with the permission of the families. The images of Eric and Dylan are readily available on the internet: If you really want to find them, you can search Google images.