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US marks 10 years since Columbine


Students and staff mark the anniversary of the Columbine massacre

Events have been held to mark 10 years since the massacre at Columbine High School, where two former pupils killed 12 students and a teacher.

Flags flew at half-mast in Littleton, Colorado, and across the state.

Some 1,000 survivors of the massacre, relatives of victims and current students attended a sunset service next to the school at Clement Park.

On 20 April 1999, teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold rampaged through the school before shooting themselves dead.

More than 20 other people were injured during the incident, the worst high school massacre in US history.

Columbine High School was closed on Monday, as it has been on every 20 April since the massacre out of respect for the victims.

Gun-law debate

With many in attendance at Monday's evening service wearing the school's blue and white colours, a dove was released as the name of each victim was read out by the school's long-serving head teacher, Frank DeAngelis.

From here on out we're really going to try to celebrate his life
Connie Sanders
Daughter of victim

Mr DeAngelis has vowed to remain in the job until every student who was in kindergarten on the day of the attack has graduated.

Bill Clinton, who was president at the time of the shootings, addressed the crowd in a videotaped message in which he said of the massacre: "It's changed you, your community, your fellow Americans."

Earlier, a rally was held outside Colorado's state Capitol, including a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the dead.

On Sunday night, hundreds attended an open-air candle-lit vigil.

Its organiser, Kirsten Kreiling, president of the Columbine Memorial Foundation, said: "It is a time for the community to come back together again as they did following the shootings 10 years ago."

The daughter of the only teacher who died, Dave Sanders, said the anniversary marks the time to finally move on.

"We've spent 10 years, every year, remembering the day of his death. And I think from here on out we're really going to try to celebrate his life," said Connie Sanders.

The Columbine massacre reignited a debate about gun-ownership laws in the US that still continues.

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