Eric Harris amassed a hate list of about 15 classmates who apparently angered him in the months leading up to his deadly attack on Columbine High School.
But none of those students was wounded or killed in the assault that Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out April 20.
Some of the students on the list didn’t even know the two seniors and were baffled when investigators showed up to question them.
"We didn’t understand why she was on the list," said Robin Fox, mother of sophomore Kim Fox.
"She didn’t know either of these boys, she didn’t hang out with them. The only thing we could think of was that she was in the Bible club."
The mystery of why some students were on the list may never be solved, said Division Chief John Kiekbusch of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
"From our perspective, a lot of what we came across didn’t make a lot of sense," he said. "You’re dealing with two troubled individuals, and it probably did not take much of a slight to anger them."
Investigators have shied away from using “hit list” or “enemies list” to describe the writings.
But one student said FBI agents showed him a document containing about 15 names, including his. It was titled, “-Hit List.” The first letter was an S, which was crossed out.
The student, who asked not be identified, said the first name on the list was Brooks Brown, who graduated in May. The name was crossed out, and the words “let live” were written next to it.
Brown had a falling-out with Harris in his junior year, but they resumed their friendship weeks before the shootings.
The student said the second name on the list was Rocky Hoffschneider, a 1998 Columbine graduate and athlete. Harris had told a number of people he hated Hoffschneider.
Investigators discovered the names in writings they seized from Harris’ home after the shootings. Some names appeared on lists, others were contained in essays Harris apparently wrote.
It’s unclear whether Klebold helped prepare any of the documents.
One name on a list was Ryan Whisenhut, a classmate who moved to Florida in the middle of his senior year. He said FBI agents visited him in Florida days after the shooting and wanted to know his connection to the gunmen.
Whisenhut said he and Harris were friends their freshman year, but when they were sophomores Harris didn’t like him. He never knew why.
"He just sort of changed," Whisenhut said. "He wouldn’t say why. He would just sort of give you this look like he could kill you."
When he and Harris saw each other in the halls, they would deliberately bump their shoulders in anger.
Whisenhut remained friends with Klebold.
Classmate Nick Baumgart’s name also appeared on a Harris list.
"They were kind of friends in junior high, but from freshman year on they didn’t have that much to do with each other," Nick’s father, Dan Baumgart, said.
Harris and Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded more than 20 others before taking their own lives.