This article is about a Columbine High School Massacre fatal victim. We beg you to use the comment section respectfully. John Tomlin will never be forgotten.

John Robert Tomlin (September 1, 1982 – April 20, 1999) was an American student and the tenth murder victim of the Columbine High School massacre, which claimed the lives of 12 students and a teacher, as well as both perpetrators.


John Tomlin was a native of Wisconsin, he worked after school at a local nursery hauling trees and belonged to a church youth group, where he met his girlfriend of seven months, Michelle Oetter. Family and friends remember his energy and the warmth of his smile. He loved church and Chevrolet trucks. He had recently got his driver's license and had just bought an old Chevy pickup that he had been working for since he was 14. He once drove all the way to Mexico to help build a house for a poor family. He enjoyed four-wheeling in his truck and lifting weights.

His truck, like Rachel Scott's car, became a standing memorial in the parking lot. Thursday following the shootings his family gathered around the truck despite the fact that it was raining. His bible was still sitting on the dashboard, where he always left it in the hope that someone would see something there that would bring them closer to God.

"He was a perfect son," his father, John Michael Tomlin, said. "He was just good. You'd ask him to wash a car, and he'd wash both cars."

Massacre At Columbine high school

John spent his lunch hour in the library daily, studying. He was there the day the gunmen stormed the school. Hiding under a table, he welcomed a girl he didn't know (victim Nicole Nowlen) into his hiding place when she grew scared where she was hiding and he held her hand to comfort her when the killers started shooting people in the library. Then the shooters came to their table. Without bending to see who was under the table, Eric Harris opened fire on John and Nicole, injuring them both with a blast from his shotgun. Then Dylan Klebold came around the table and shot John at point-blank range in the head, killing him almost instantly.


The first of the funerals for the victims killed at Columbine, his funeral was held at Foothills Bible Church on April 23, 1999, where he had attended church. He was buried in his hometown of Waterford, Wisconsin, in Saint Peters Cemetery. He was buried in a satin-lined coffin embroidered with Chevy trucks.


  • According to Nicole Nowlen, her legs were touching John's at the time and she felt his legs start shaking, as though he were having convulsions. After a brief moment, his body went still.
  • His Autopsy can be found here
  • Many rumors and speculations have said that Klebold had kicked him before shooting him. It is unknown if it's true
  • He was a Christian and went to church along with Rachel Scott and Cassie Bernall.
  • John shares the same middle name as Steve Curnow.
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