Rage and sadness as Colorado club shooting victims honored at funeral
It took just minutes for police officials to arrive to a quiet funeral home in Colorado to say a prayer over the bodies of five people killed in a mass shooting.
The family of one of the victims spoke at the vigil, expressing gratitude for the public, police and the community’s response to the shooting. The funeral took place at the Columbine High School on a quiet, tree-lined campus in Littleton.
Cody Green’s funeral at Columbine High School in Littleton View Full Caption
Cody Green’s parents said their son and the others killed died in “the most horrific way imaginable,” at the hands of one of the attackers.
“I lost my brother today,” the family said as it honored Cody Green, one of five people killed in the attack.
“My brother was everything to me,” said Cody’s mother, Jennifer Green, as her husband, James Green, stood beside her. “My brother was a wonderful father, a wonderful brother, a good friend, a good person.”
The Green family had just a few hours to mourn their son, who died in the attack on their family and then the Colorado Springs community Wednesday at the hands of 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz.
Authorities said he “targeted other individuals he knew.”
The attack brought back painful memories for the families of some of the victims.
Cody’s sister, Ashleigh Green, said the family was still processing what happened. But when she heard of the shooting, she said she realized no one could have predicted such a tragedy.
“I still can’t imagine what a kid on the football team did that had to make his parents like that,” she said.
Police said Cruz opened fire from the school’s student lounge, killing himself and 15 others, including the five people killed in the Columbine massacre in 1999.
The shooting was captured on a cellphone video. It was posted on YouTube but quickly removed.
Authorities have not identified any of the victims from Wednesday’s shooting.
A vigil at Columbine High School to remember victims of shooting at school also drew a crowd Thursday.
The Colorado Springs police department sent a tweet saying