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This section provides some details about some of the other notable individuals who made headlines during the aftermath of the Columbine massacre.
+ Trench Coat Mafia
Brooks Brown (1999)
Band of outcasts who initially were targeted for blame. While one of their members, Chris Morris, was temporarily detained, the group was later found innocent of involvement.
+ Brooks Brown
Once a good friend of both shooters, Brooks had a falling-out with Eric and stopped hanging out with the pair for several months. But that previous friendship may have saved his life when he crossed paths with Eric Harris on the morning of the massacre.
+ Nate Dykeman
Senior at Columbine when the shootings happened. One of the gunmen's closest friends until 1998, when growing tensions and personality changes drove a wedge between them. Was good friends with Chris Morris. The four of them were on a class bowling team together.
+ Chris Morris
A founding member of the Trenchcoat Mafia. One of the shooters' closest friends until 1998, when growing tensions and personality changes drove a wedge between them. He was a senior at Columbine during the shootings. He was off campus playing video games with Cory Friesen during the attack. His girlfriend, Nicole Markham, was at the school.
+ Zach Heckler
A senior at Columbine during the shootings, he was a close friend of both Eric and Dylan. Best friends with Chris Morris. Did lighting work with CHS theatre. Used to play computer games with Dylan every night. Used the handle "KiBBz" online, a nickname he earned because of his tendency to bring snacks to class. He was in Geometry class when the shooting began.
+ Robyn Anderson
Robyn was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999. She had just left campus for lunch with a friend when the shooting started. She had a crush on Dylan and was his 1999 prom date, just days before the massacre. She bought three of the guns
(offsite link) the killers used at the school. These were the two sawed-off shotguns and the carbine rifle (see them here
). Because of the laws at the time in Colorado, if Robyn had provided them with handguns, she could have served prison time because the boys were under 18 years old. Laws in Colorado stated that a minor could not possess a handgun. Because the weapons were sold by a private seller, the 1994 Brady Act didn't apply, nor did "straw sale" laws. Since the firearms were "long guns", Anderson faced no significant charges. What legal action she did face was dropped because she testified before the court about what happened.
The law in Colorado has since been changed to make it illegal for an adult to buy a firearm for a juvenile.
+ Mark Manes
Associate of the gunmen; sold them one of their guns. Manes was 22 years old at the time of the sale. On March 6, 1999, he and his girlfriend Jessica Miklich (19) went with Harris and Klebold to Rampart Range
so they could test the weapon. Manes went shooting with them three times.
Manes was arrested and given a six-year prison with a concurrent three-year sentence for selling a handgun to a minor and for possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Jefferson County recommended probation for him, but the judge cited the "grievous harm" that came from the sale when he levied the sentence against Manes. Mark pleaded guilty to the charges against him, though he insisted he had no idea what the gunmen planned to do when he sold them the TEC-DC9 and 100 rounds of ammunition.
"There is no way I can adequately express my sorrow to the families of the victims of Columbine. It is something I will regret for the rest of my life,"
he said in court.
Mark came from a family with two adopted older siblings who were retarded, leaving his parents little time to care for him. He subsequently fell into a rocky spot abusing and selling drugs as a teen and having run-ins with the law. At the time he was arrested, his lawyer contended that Manes had stopped using drugs
, had attended college, and was a systems admin for a Denver software company.
Manes could have received an 18 year sentence. As it was, he was eligible for parole after 2 1/2 to 3 years. He served 19 months of his sentence then was released to a halfway house in June 2001. He was allowed to live alone in 2002, but with an ankle monitor. As of 2004, he and Jessica were still together.
+ Philip Duran
Associate of the gunmen. Worked at Blackjack Pizza
with them. Acted as a go-between for Harris and Klebold with Manes to sell them the TEC-DC9. On June 24, 2000, he was sentenced to 4 1/2 years
in prison for providing a handgun to a minor. He was also given 2 1/2 years for possessing an illegal weapon: He was seen firing one of the sawed-off shotguns in the Rampart Range video. The second sentence ran concurrent with the first. He was 23 years old at the time of sentencing. He served nearly 3 years before he was paroled on November 8, 2003.
"I apologize to you for my part and ask you for forgiveness. I am willing to take my punishment,"
he told more than 50 of the relatives of the victims at his sentencing.
Bands and musicians that came under fire as being "influential" in the shootings. Also includes information about some of the music later inspired by the shootings.
Duran's younger brother Simon was a sophomore at Columbine and his younger sister Julia was a senior. They were both inside the school when the shooting occurred. Philip had also been a student at Columbine from November 1991 to February 1993, when he withdrew. His sister hid under a desk during the violent rampage. She graduated from Columbine in May 1999.