Authorities in Colorado are providing a $100,000 reward for info resulting in an arrest in the cold-case double murder of two teenage Columbine High School students who had been fatally shot on Valentine’s Day 21 years in the past.
As Crime-Online stories, younger couple Nicholas Kunselman, 15, and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell, 16, had been gunned down inside a Subway sandwich store in Littleton, Colorado, on Feb. 14, 2000.
Kunselman labored at the native quick meals franchise, and Hart-Grizzel had pushed to the restaurant on Coal Mine Avenue to attend for her boyfriend to complete his shift.
Their our bodies had been found after a fellow Subway worker observed that the shop lights had been nonetheless on simply earlier than 1 a.m., lengthy after closing.
Authorities reportedly imagine that at least one intruder entered the shop and shot Kunselman and Hart-Grizzell. Officials hope the numerous reward improve — up from $12,000 — will encourage anybody with info to return ahead.
As reported by CBS4, youngsters’ our bodies had been found behind the counter contained in the Subway restaurant. Investigators say each victims had been shot by at least one unknown intruder.
On Sunday, the anniversary of the Columbine students’ double murder, officers considerably upped the reward from $12,000 to $100,000 in the hopes that it’s going to encourage anybody with info in the baffling chilly case to lastly come ahead.
“With this significantly increased reward, people who haven’t come forward with their information will be much more likely to do so now,” Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader informed the information station.
“We are continuing our diligent work to bring justice to Nicholas and Stephanie.”
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office hopes the elevated reward will assist draw in suggestions.
As KMGH-Denver stories, at the time of the double murder, the 2 youngsters had been students at Columbine High School, the very school the place lower than a year earlier 12 of their classmates and a trainer had been killed in a mass capturing.
The high school sweethearts caught collectively by way of the traumatic time in their lives and had been described as a cheerful younger couple by members of the family.
“Although they had just gone through the tragedy at the high school, they were coming through it so good and they were so happy,” Stephanie’s mom, Kelly Grizzell stated in 2017. “We just really felt like that might be the last hard thing that we went through.”
The tragic Subway double murder passed off simply 10 months after the mass capturing, just some blocks from the high school. “The last thing I said to her was, ‘Goodnight. I love you,’” Kelly recalled. “I’ll never forget that.”
On the night time Stephanie went to the Subway to attend for Nick, one other worker was driving previous the restaurant after midnight and observed the lights had been nonetheless on. The worker went inside, early on the morning of Feb. 14, 2000, and located Stephanie and Nick shot to loss of life behind the counter.
Reward elevated to $100,000 in 2000 murders of two younger Columbine students
More than 20 years later, few credible leads surfaced in the Columbine students’ double murder, regardless of investigators initially releasing an outline of the suspect — a white male, 16 to twenty years previous, about 5-foot-7 and 150-170 kilos with blondish hair.
The launch of these particulars resulted in suggestions from throughout the nation and several other confessions after the murders gained nationwide protection, which all turned out to be false, KUSA Denver stories.
“It’s just hard because they were so young and we just don’t understand,” shut good friend of the couple Amanda Williams stated in 2017. “Going through Columbine and then having to kind of relive all these bad things…we had to do it all over.”
Anyone with info is requested to name Metro Denver Crime Stoppers (720) 913-7867 or submit a tip online. Tipsters can stay nameless.
“We are hopeful that the increase will result in tips that will lead investigators to the person or persons responsible for this crime and hopefully start the closure process for the family and friends of Nicholas and Stephanie, as well as the community,” stated Michael Mills, board president of Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, in the discharge.