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Saturday, 6 May, 2000, 04:55 GMT 05:55 UK
Tragedy strikes again at Columbine
The tragic scene last year at Columbine
A survivor of the Columbine High School massacre has been found hanged.

Greg Barnes, a 17-year-old school basketball star, saw his best friend killed in the Columbine shootings last year.

It's a sombre mood at Columbine High School

School district spokesman Rick Kaufman

Two teenage boys, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 12 fellow Columbine students and a teacher and wounded 23 people on 20 April 1999 before killing themselves.

Barnes' death was the second in the aftermath of the Columbine killings. Carla Hochhalter, the 48-year-old mother of a girl injured in the shootings, shot herself last October.


The teenager's boy was found by his parents in the garage on Thursday, according to reports.

A CD, set on a continuous loop, played a song with the lyrics: "I never thought I'd die alone. I'm too depressed to go on. You'll be sorry when I'm gone."
Columbine killers on security camera
The killers caught on security camera
Friends were mystified, saying there were no signs of turmoil in the teenager's life.

"I talked to him the night before, and it didn't seem like anything was wrong," said Dave Mitchell, a friend and team mate. "We talked about the usual stuff, girls."

Grief in Columbine

Community grief counsellors cautioned against automatically linking Greg's death to the Columbine shootings.

The sheriff's office and the Jefferson County coroner declined to provide details of the death.

"Some things should remain confidential to the family," Coroner Nancy Bodelson said.

Many students at Columbine High School stayed at home on Thursday and Friday relief teachers were drafted in for teachers who wanted to do the same.

"It's a sombre mood at Columbine High School," School district spokesman Rick Kaufman said.

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