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PostSubject: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 2:53

IN MEMORIAM

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Name: Corey Tyler DePooter
Date of birth: 3 March 1982 (Pisces)
Date of death: 20 April (17 years old)
Class: Junior                         
Relatives: Neal Roger DePooter (father), Patricia Jo DePooter (mother), Jena Elaine DePooter (younger sister), Fern Hamilton (maternal grandmother)

Hobbies and interests:
* Fishing – arguably Corey’s favorite activity, a hobby that started in childhood and became a lifelong passion. He loved the outdoors, he taught his sister fly fishing and they often ventured into their own private world along a mountain stream at the family's favorite camping spot near Buena Vista. He also taught his friend Austin Eubanks how to fly fish, and Austin taught Corey bass fishing. The greatest trip of their life was a fishing trip to Oklahoma where Austin is originally from. Although the trip started out horribly with such mishaps as Corey’s keys being locked in his green Ford truck the night before and a snowstorm, the two friends prevailed and reached their destination. During this trip, Corey caught the biggest fish of his life - a 7-pound bass, and left good impressions on Austin’s grandfather and uncles. Fishing was a major aspect of their friendship, and Austin lost the passion for it after losing Corey. Corey’s death derailed Austin emotionally. After fleeing the library in which his friend was murdered and encountering his father, he broke down in tears and said “They killed Corey.” After being treated with opioids to alleviate his physical pain he became a drug addict due to finding out that said opioids had another effect, numbing down emotional pain. Fortunately, many years later Austin found lasting sobriety and now helps others with similar predicaments, and he came back to fishing in recovery, a change that he is very grateful for. Reflecting on their shared passion, Austin said the following – “It’s something I do to connect with Corey. It's always nice whenever I catch a fish that's above the normal or something special about it. I always tend to look up and give a nod to him. And I know he’s still looking out for me.”
* Golf – not only did he like to play it, he actually had a part time job at a local golf course. He wanted to raise enough money to buy a fishing boat so he could take his friends and grandfather fishing. He left the school’s wrestling team in part because of this part time job, but also in order to have more time for studying and keeping his grades up. His golf shoes were among the mementos displayed at his memorial service and his golf buddies’ quotes are included further down.
* Wrestling – he was on his school’s wrestling team but left after his sophomore year in order to study more and work a part time job. He dreamed of becoming a star wrestler among other things. His wrestling jersey was among the mementos displayed at his memorial service. His friend Austin Eubanks called him “an outstanding athlete’’ and wrestlers from another school recalled meeting him a year prior to the shooting. Corey was roughly 6 feet tall (182, 88 cm).
* School – he put school work above everything else and enjoyed school life. He felt frustrated after missing out on school due to complications from a dental appointment; his wisdom teeth were removed in 1999. He wanted to attend a good college, his friend Austin described him as smart enough to earn a scholarship to college and it seems engineering was his choice. He was studying in the school library on the day of the shooting in order to keep his grades up. Good grades were also a condition set by his parents after he expressed his desire to buy a Mustang car.
* United States Marine Corps – he was very patriotic and wanted to join the US Marine Corps after college. He had pamphlets about them and was reading a book about their history.  Several family members have served in various branches of the US Military. One grandfather served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and another one in the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars, his father served in the Army and an aunt also served in the army during Desert Storm.  After his death, his grieving mother participated in the Toys-for-Tots program organized by the USMC and donated some of Corey’s fishing gear. His grandmother contacted the USMC to ask if anything could be done about her grandson’s dashed dream and so, on May 3, 2000 during a ceremony at his gravesite,  Marine Air Control Squadron 23 (now defunct) made  him an honorary Marine.  During the ceremony, Sgt. Ricardo Davila said that “Sometimes people don't get the chance to do the things they want to do in life. This gives Corey that chance". Corey’s friend, schoolmate and hunting buddy Brian Saltzman said that "Corey would have made an excellent Marine and would have been a fine officer." He also recalled that Corey would always play cops in the game “cops and robbers” and admit to any wrongdoing if stopped by the police for speeding. One can find a photograph of an emotionally overwhelmed Brian weeping during the ceremony.
* Other - hobbies include hunting, parasailing, hiking, cross country (he was on the school’s team and so was Daniel Mauser, both boys were killed, one after another), boarding and inline skating (he was capable of incredible stunts according to friends).  As for food, he liked pork chops and chocolate milk. He wanted to have at least three children and share his Christian faith with them. His mother described him as a good dancer, she taught her children how to dance and her last dance with Corey was on the night before he was killed, a moment she now considers to be very special for her. He also participated in a video production that was like a play of sorts in which he cross-dressed as Josephine Bonaparte.
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 2:54

In his own words: “I really admire my mother and father. They taught me so many useful things.” – quote from his elementary school yearbook
In other people's words:
“What always strikes me about Corey DePooter is how calm he was during the ordeal in the library. I have often wondered how this reflected onto law enforcement later on as they learned of the faith Corey had put in them during the massacre – did they feel any regret at not acting sooner, at not living up to a young man’s expectations of them? Here Corey was, offering the advice to stay under the tables and that the cops would come to save them. As we now know, that saving party didn’t make it into the library until hours after the shooting initially began.
What strikes me is this courage that went virtually unanswered. What also strikes me is the kindness he displayed amid the danger they were in, reaching out to people and keeping everyone as safe as possible. We know that the tables in the library created sitting ducks out of everyone in hiding and that Corey unfortunately immediately lost his life as the gun was loosely aimed and fired under his table. But it’s that kindness before death that spoke to me as I first learned of it, which is something that can be treasured and carried forward by us in our own lifetimes just as much as Rachel’s compassion or Daniel Mauser’s thoughtful intelligence can.
Corey’s best friend Austin Eubanks sums his character up perfectly (Author’s note: see following quote) “– thedragonrampant, Columbine focused Tumblr account
“He just knew how to handle himself, how to talk… He was respectful to everyone, never looked down on people. He gave everyone a chance.” – Austin Eubanks, best friend
'' I wish it had been me... Now I'm sitting here and I don't have him anymore. I'd rather he lived than me.'' – sister
"It makes me happy to envision that he is doing something he loves. I have dreams in my head of what he is seeing." – his sister thinking about him
"Those are my happiest memories because Corey would let me go back there with him. It was pretty muddy and wet, but that made it even more fun." – his sister recalling memories of vacations and outdoor activities with her brother
"There was always a glimmer in his eye and a smile on his face" – Kevin Johnston, language arts teacher
"He was such a neat guy. It really hurts a lot that he's gone. I really have a piece of my heart with Corey DePooter." – Jenny Davis, friend
'' He'd push his white cap back on his head, and smile. He had the perfect smile. He'd say, "How are you today? '' – Jenny Davis recalling memories of Corey
“It was the times we didn’t do well that his personality really shined.” – unidentified friend
''When you’re going fishing or camping, I know he’s going to be there, watching and making sure you’re doing everything right.'' – unidentified friend
“ full of self-confidence but not conceited “ – parents
''very bright and easy to get along with'' – Michael Vendegnia, friend
'' Everybody knew him, everybody liked him. Corey was one of the best friends you'll ever have'' – Rusty Schyler, friend
"He would be home alone on weekends with his parents gone, and there were never any parties. He's a good kid, a wonderful kid." – unidentified neighbour
''He put his schoolwork above all else. But he had numerous outside interests,  including in-line skating, golf and wrestling. He quit the wrestling team after his sophomore year to focus on his academics.'' – Bill Greaber, friend
'' He was the friendliest one '' – Bill Greaber recalling Corey as the first person to befriend him when he arrived from Arizona two years prior to the shooting
"I don't think he liked all the classes. But he liked the atmosphere." – Tim Mullan, friend
“Brian lost his good friend and classmate Corey DePooter in the shooting and said there are times when he thinks of him and all the fun times they had in school.” – a Columbine site entry for Brian Anderson, Columbine student injured during the shooting
“I started bawling. I think that was the first time I cried.” – Patrick Ireland, recalling how he felt after finding out that Corey had been killed
In addition to these kind and loving words, one Greg Williams of Centralia, Illinois, a religious preacher if you will, shamelessly exploited Corey's death in a way that eclipses the more known Christian myths and narratives around Columbine High School shooting in it's audacity. This impostor claimed to have been a grief counselor for traumatized students and in front of an audience of roughly 850 parents presented this patently untrue story: '' He was one of only three certified grief counselors from outside Colorado to be assigned a classroom at Chatfield High School where the Columbine students returned to class the first week of May. After introducing himself to the first classroom of students, he said, a boy offered to talk about what happened to him. He told the class he was at Corey's side when Corey was shot in the school library. According to Williams, the boy pulled Corey's body over himself and feigned death for a couple hours as Corey's blood soaked into his shirt. Williams said the boy asked him, "Do you want to see it?" He then unzipped his book bag and pulled out the shirt he had been wearing, still stained with Corey's blood.'' Corey's mother had this to say on this guy: "I cried for all the students in your school system that heard this. He's a pastor, a man of God, and he's lying to children. All I have left of Corey is his name. So, if you're going to talk about his death, tell the truth. How he really died is graphic enough."
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 2:54

Funeral and resting place: Corey's memorial service was held at Trinity Christian Centre on April 27th 1999.
His family draped his fishing vest, and laid his fishing pole alongside his plain wood coffin. In addition, his other belongings including golfing shoes, hunting trophies, photographs and articles about his wrestling achievements were put on display for well wishers. It's possible that he was cremated as one article mentions a plaque near ''his ashes'' with the following inscription "The Fishing is Always Better on the Other Side of the Lake.''
Bagpipes were played during the service and singer David Michael Carrillo performed the song ''Trust in You'', and the following poem was read as well:
'' Let me go back from the traveled road
Away from crowds pushing,
To a quiet hill where the woods are still,
Serene 'neath a clean, blue sky. ''
Austin Eubanks, his best friend delivered the following eulogy – ''People said he was the kind of guy people like to be around. I know I sure did. Corey was always able to pick our spirits up in a gloomy situation. I love you Corey and you'll be by my side forever.''
Corey's grave is in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Centennial, Colorado, adjacent to Rachel Joy Scott's grave. His tombstone has the following inscription - ''Beloved Son, Brother, Grandson and Friend. He who has spent his life best has enjoyed it the most.''
The Columbine Memorial has the following inscription dedicated to Corey:
'' Corey was a young man who was full of life. He was a person that you would want to spend time with. He loved to talk and could have long conversations on the subjects he was passionate about. With his sense of humor Corey could have a whole room laughing.
Corey was an outdoorsman at heart. Every free hour he had he spent fishing. He loved the mountains, camping with his family, hunting, golfing and fly fishing at Yellowstone. Corey had just turned seventeen and was excited about his future. He was working at a golf course to save up for his first car. His goal was to become an officer in the Marine Corps. Corey looked forward to becoming a husband and a father and sharing his faith with his children.
Corey cherished his family, his friends, and his life.''
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 2:57

So, some forum members suggested to me that I do some sort of articles for the victims because there is a lot of scattered information about them. I've compiled plenty of information for this first entry, I hope you find it an interesting read. I plan on doing the others as well. It's more of a tribute to their lives, so I'll leave out the murder details and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 4:25

I think this is something we need. As I'm sure there are many on the forum that likely don't know very much about the victims OTHER then how they died.

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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Mon 15 Jan - 4:47

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I think this is something we need.  As I'm sure there are many on the forum that likely don't know very much about the victims OTHER then how they died.

I have to agree with you. I also feel like I don’t know much about anyone that were killed other than Rachel and Cassie. A little about Lauren but that’s it. I didn’t know that Kelly’s poems were in chicken soup for the soul etc..
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Tue 16 Jan - 2:37

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] thank you so much for doing this! It's very important to remember the victims and learn more about their lives.

I didn't know Austin read the eulogy at his funeral. Breaks my heart.
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Tue 16 Jan - 2:49

Corey seems like he was a fun, laid back guy and a great son, brother, and friend. I didn't know he was interested in joining the marines. From what I read though it seems like maybe he would have chosen engineering school?

His sister saying she wished it had been her and not Corey is so sad Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Tribute profile - Corey DePooter   Tue 16 Jan - 3:28

Thanks for the feedback, I think I'll do Lauren next.
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