A Year Later: Remembering the Boulder Shooting


Will Brent Inzana

A custom King Soopers shirt in memory of the Boulder shooting.

Will Brent Inzana, Features Editor

This Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

One year ago, a gunman opened fire in a suburban supermarket where people are supposed to pick up groceries for their family.

One year ago, 10 people had their lives taken on a day they expected to go home.

One year ago, communities around Colorado bonded together and stood in remembrance.

It is today we remember this tragedy with heavy hearts. We remember how our community was not fractured, yet grew stronger.

While far, Grandview’s community was still immensely affected by this.

“I felt disappointed,” senior Oliver Fell said. “I lost a little faith in the world.”

Many students felt disheartened and scared for the future of Colorado.

“I don’t get phased by things like this anymore, it’s so common,” Fell said.

Although discouraged, many felt like action needed to be taken against gun violence.

“I feel like this issue leads to the bigger issue of gun violence,” junior Ava Robinson said.

The rapid increase of gun violence over the years has become more prevalent in our community in recent years. Columbine, the Aurora Movie Theater, Highlands Ranch STEM School, King Soopers. Colorado has seen its fair share of tragedy.

“I feel unsafe in schools, grocery stores, and movie theaters,” sophomore Tate Britain said. “[I question] am I going to die at a movie?”

Many still remember how their community came together through unprecedented times. 

“They had tributes, there were flowers outside,” Britain said.

A massive memorial grew outside the King Soopers in the days following. Many displayed signs, flags, or stickers saying #Boulderstrong. You can still find some a year later. It’s clear that many are still healing.

“It brought the community together in such a dark time,” Britain said.

We remember for the ones who lost their lives, who should still be here today.

Denny Stong, 20

Neven Stanisic, 23

Rikki Olds, 25

Tralona Bartkowiak, 49

Suzanne Fountain, 59

Teri Leiker, 51

Officer Eric Talley, 51

Kevin Mahoney, 61

Lynn Murray, 62

Jody Waters, 65