Corey Tyler DePooter (March 3, 1982 – April 20, 1999) was a 17-year-old student at the Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. In 1999 and one of the 13 victims at the Columbine High School Shooting orchestrated by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, which killed 13 people and injured 21 others until they killed themselves.
DePooter was one of the 56 students and staff in the Columbine High School library during the shooting where most of the action took place in. Corey was hiding under a desk from where he was studying when he was shot three times by Dylan Klebold in the neck, chest, and left arm with a TEC-9. His injuries killed him. He was the last victim of the attack.
Corey DePooter was a former 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, Dylan Klebold aimed his semi-automatic at Corey and pulled the trigger, killing him almost instantly.
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.