Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold

20th century American mass murderers

Eric David Harris (April 9, 1981 – April 20, 1999) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (September 11, 1981 – April 20, 1999) were an American mass murder duo. On April 20, 1999, the pair killed 13 and wounded 24 others at the high school they both attended in Columbine, Colorado. Both Harris and Klebold also killed themselves in school's library. The event became known as the Columbine High School massacre. The school shooting and attempted bombing has gained a lot of notoriety. Harris and Klebold have been described as cultural icons and had a large impact on popular culture. The duo have been referenced in many different types of media.[1]

Harris was born in Wichita, Kansas.[2] His father was a U.S. Air Force transport pilot. He moved with his family to Littleton, Colorado in 1993. Klebold was born in Lakewood, Colorado. The pair met in middle school and became close friends. Both have been said to have different personalities and be targets of bullying. Harris was described as being more outgoing and charismatic. Klebold has been described as being more quiet and shy.

Harris and Klebold both worked at a local pizza chain. In 1998, they broke into a van and stole equipment. They were charged with mischief, breaking and entering, trespassing and theft. At the time of the massacre, Harris was 18 and Klebold was 17.


  1. Elliott, Dan (April 16, 2001). "Columbine killers becoming cultural icons to some, researchers say". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  2. "Suspects Text". CNN. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2020.

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