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Corey Tyler DePooter (March 3, 1982 – April 20, 1999) was an American student and the last murder victim of the Columbine High School Massacre, which claimed the lives of 12 students and a teacher, as well as both perpetrators.


DePooter was a wrestler who loved to hike, golf, hunt, and fish. He loved wrestling, golf, and in-line skating, but fishing was his passion. He had recently taken a maintenance job at a golf club to save up to buy a fishing boat with a friend. Someone Corey used to fish with said: "It was the times we didn't do well that his personality really shined." Another friend said of him: "When you're going fishing or camping, I know he's going to be there, watching and making sure you're doing everything right."

He's described as an all-American kid who put schoolwork above everything else: He had his wisdom teeth removed that year and was upset that the procedure had forced him to miss school. He was hiding under a table near the windows with his best friend Austin Eubanks and surviving victim Jennifer Doyle when the shooters entered the library. While his friend Austin watched, DePooter was shot three times by Dylan Klebold in the neck, chest, and left arm with a TEC-9. His injuries killed him.

Austin Eubanks later said about Corey: "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."


His funeral was held at Trinity Christian Center and was buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Littleton, Colorado, alongside Rachel Scott and Dave Sanders. Soon after his death his grandmother, Fern Hamilton, contacted the Marine Corps about holding some sort of ceremony for Corey because he'd always wanted to become a Marine. On May 3, 2000, Corey was granted that dream during a ceremony at his gravesite in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where he was made an honorary Marine.