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Excerpts of Letters to Colo. School

May 2, 1999

Excerpts from letters written to Columbine High School students, their families and the community:

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``I can’t imagine my life without my two children as I know none of you expected to either. The pain, the inability to understand why something like this happened is incomprehensible.″ _ Signed ``Someone in Iowa.″

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``My heart, spirit and soul reach out to you all. The courage of all the personnel, from the police, SWAT teams, fire departments, medical, hospital, personal counselors, teachers and the brave students. You all put your lives on the line for others.″ _ Mike Marzano, Tacoma, Wash.

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``The world cries tears of sadness, so many young lives lost. The world cries tears of rage, what has society come to?″ _ From a poem titled ``Columbine 1999″ by Meaghan Boylen, Madison, Wis.

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``I feel as if I was there with you. I heard the children on the cell phones, saw their faces on the screen with such terror in their voices and on their faces.″ _ Laverne A. Kammerzell, Woodward, Okla.

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``We are all thinking of you in our prayers and send our deepest love,″ _ Andrea Kresman, who signed a poster from La Salle Senior High School in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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``What happened in your precious town is hard to believe, especially when I live in a small city in Vermont. I can’t imagine how all of you will manage, but I know from watching the media that your strength and belief in God will pull all of you together. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you!″ _ Stacey Spencer, Burlington, Vt.

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``It tore at my heart when the young man said he was sorry for leaving the school. For running out and leaving behind his fellow schoolmates. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Fear is very real and in a situation like that you react. No one should blame anyone for leaving, hiding or running. It is a natural instinct of survival.″ _ Valerie Pareja, Boise, Idaho.

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