Matthew Joseph Kechter (February 19, 1983 – April 20, 1999) was an American student and the eighth murder victim at the Columbine High School Massacre.
Columbine High School Massacre
Matthew was studying at the library with his friends Isaiah Shoels and Craig Scott (Rachel Scott's brother). All three are hiding under Table 16. When Dylan approached Table 16, he found Isaiah under the table and called Eric over by making a racist comment. Dylan then tried to drag Isaiah off the table but he struggled to do so. Eric approaches Isaiah, kneels down, and shoots him in the chest, killing him. Then Dylan shoots Matthew in the chest, killing him also. But Craig was left uninjured when fire alarms went off and startled the attackers who fled.
Matt Kechter was a sturdy 210-pound Sophomore: He played on both the offensive and defensive lines of the football team. He's remembered for his ready laugh. He was a weight lifter and an 'A' student, always getting good grades in school.
"When I heard he was one of the ones from the library, it only made sense," said sophomore basketball player and close friend Greg Barnes. "He was always in the library studying. He always put academics first. He had straight A's but he would never brag about it. I kinda looked up to him because of it. He was never in a bad mood, he was consistently happy." Tragically, Greg committed suicide shortly following the 1st 'anniversary' of the shootings at Columbine.
"He was a wonderful role model for his little brother," his parents wrote in a statement that was read at his funeral at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church on April 27. "Their brotherhood had just recently developed into a bonding friendship ... In Matt's heart, there was always enough room for everyone to be victorious."
The University of Colorado (where Matt had planned to attend) sent his younger brother Adam one of their jerseys bearing Matt's name and the jersey number he wore, 70, as part of Columbine's football team. The Columbine High School football team all wore ribbons bearing his old jersey number were asked to dedicate the next season to Matt's memory at his funeral service. Matt was buried at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, alongside Daniel Mauser and Kelly Fleming
In September of 1999, Matt Kechter was posthumously accepted into the National Honor Society.