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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

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Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
Eric David Harris
(1981-04-09)April 9, 1981
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Dylan Bennet Klebold
(1981-09-11)September 11, 1981
Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.
Died(1999-04-20)April 20, 1999 (aged 18 and 17)
Cause of deathSuicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound (both)
EducationColumbine High School (both)
Occupation(s)Harris: Shift leader at Blackjack Pizza
Klebold: Cook at Blackjack Pizza
Parent(s)Harris: Wayne Harris and Katherine Poole
Klebold: Thomas Klebold and Susan Yassenoff
DateApril 20, 1999
11:19 a.m. – 12:08 p.m. MDT (UTC−6)
Location(s)Columbine High School
Target(s)Students and staff at Columbine High School; first responders
Killed13 (total); 8 by Harris and 5 by Klebold
Injured24 (3 indirectly; combined total)
WeaponsHarris: Hi-Point 995 Carbine, Savage 67H pump-action shotgun, explosives and two knives
Klebold: Intratec TEC-DC9, Stevens 311D double barreled sawed-off shotgun, explosives and two knives[a]

Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were an American mass murder duo. On April 20, 1999, the pair killed 13 and wounded 24 others at the high school they both attended in Columbine, Colorado. Both Harris and Klebold also killed themselves in school's library. The event became known as the Columbine High School massacre. The school shooting and attempted bombing has gained a lot of notoriety. Harris and Klebold have been described as cultural icons and had a large impact on popular culture. The duo have been referenced in many different types of media.[2]

Harris was born in Wichita, Kansas.[3] His father was a U.S. Air Force transport pilot. He moved with his family to Littleton, Colorado in 1993. Klebold was born in Lakewood, Colorado. The pair met in middle school and became close friends. Both have been said to have different personalities and be targets of bullying. Harris was described as being more outgoing and charismatic. Klebold has been described as being more quiet and shy.

Harris and Klebold both worked at a local pizza chain. In 1998, they broke into a van and stole equipment. They were charged with mischief, breaking and entering, trespassing and theft. At the time of the massacre, Harris was 18 and Klebold was 17.


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  1. "2010 Census – Census Block Map: Columbine CDP, CO Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine" U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 25, 2015. The school's location is on Pierce Street, which runs north-south through Columbine, roughly one mile west of the Littleton city limit.
  2. Elliott, Dan (April 16, 2001). "Columbine killers becoming cultural icons to some, researchers say". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  3. "Suspects Text". CNN. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  1. Neither Harris nor Klebold used their knives during the shooting.

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