Nicholas KunselmanNicholas Kunselman

Nicholas was 15 years old when he was with his girlfriend Stephanie who was 16 at the time. Nicholas was said to have played the guitar, listened to music and became the Colorado junior disc-golf champion.They were at a local subway shop Nicholas worked at, a few blocks from the school they attended. They attended Columbine High School. They were loved by all who knew them though they were decribed as shy. The two of them would be shot to death the night before Valentines Day 2000. Their bodies would be found by another worker that was passing by the shop and noticed the lights were still on after closing time. The co worker would find their bodies shot to death behind the counter on Valentines Day 2000. The killings came less than a year after the Columbine High School shootings. The sweethearts were buried together. No arrests have been made.


Columbine-angels.com
Nicholas Kunselman & Stephanie Hart

February 13, 2000

Valentine's Day is usually a romantic day for high school sweethearts. One of the clubs at the school usually sells flowers and delivers them sometime during the day. Girls are walking around with big bouquets of flowers and balloons and teddy bears and chocolates and guys are falling all over themselves acting romantic as possible. But at Columbine, the happiness of Valentine's Day was crushed by the apparent murdering of Nicholas Kunselman and Stephanie Hart late Sunday night on February 13, 2000. Their bodies were found behind the counter early on February 14, by another Subway employee who was out driving and saw the lights on when the shop should have been closed. This was the same Subway shop that Rachel Scott worked at. The same countertop that Rachel put together probably a thousand or so sandwiches for hungry patrons. The Subway shop is just two blocks south of the school on the corner of Pierce and West Coal Mine Avenue.

Not only did this reopen the wounds of April 20, it also devastated Valentine's Day for all Columbine sweethearts. How could anybody enjoy a day set aside for love and happiness when their friends are murdered on its eve? Columbine, and Littleton, has already been wracked with pain and anguish, and now it comes back on a what is supposed to be a holiday of love and happiness.

But yet, Columbine wrestles with these emotions and comes out stronger than before. There are probably some strong family bonds that have grown stronger since April 20 and February 13. Some disagreements between parent and teenager that once seemed beyond hope, now have a direction to a peaceful solution.

The authorities aren't saying much about Nicholas and Stephanie's murder, yet, so I don't have a whole lot of facts on the case. Hopefully they will find the high school sweetheart's killers and prosecute them to the fullest extent.

I do know that on Saturday, February 19, 2000, (one day before the ten month anniversary of the shootings) Nicholas and Stephanie were buried side by side in a joint funeral. They wanted to be together so much in life, how can we separate them in death?

 

Denverpost.com
Posted February 3, 2008, 6:52 pm MT Valentine's Day murder of two teensBy Kirk Mitchell Comments (24)
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Share Names: Stephanie Hart-Grizzell, 16, and Nicholas Kunselman, 15
Hometown: Jefferson County
Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Date murdered: Feb. 14, 2000
Where bodies found: Subway shop, 6768 W. Coal Mine Ave.
Cause of death: Shot
Suspect: None identified

High-school sweethearts Nicholas Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell were killed on Valentine's Day 2000 in a Subway sandwich shop a few blocks south of Columbine High School.

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Less than a year after the infamous Columbine High School shootings, in which a teacher and 12 students were killed by two suicidal gunman, Columbine students were grieving again for classmates. Dozens of counselors met with students, and many seats in Columbine classrooms were empty.

It was a high-profile case, and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office worked hard to solve it.
The Sunday night just before Valentine's Day, Nick was in charge of closing the Subway sandwich shop where he worked. Stephanie waited for him in the store.
Minutes into Valentine's Day, the two teenagers were discovered shot to death inside the fast-food eatery popular with students.

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A co-worker passing by decided to stop and check on the store because the lights were still on hours after closing time.
Witnesses reported seeing a young man who walked away from the Subway about the time the bodies were found. He was wearing a red jacket and flared pants.

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Stephanie Hart-Grizzell

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In the eight years since the shooting, a succession of homicide investigators have run down hundreds of leads, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Each tip was investigated, but none led to an arrest.
"There have been a number of times we've worked leads that seemed very promising," Kelley said. "When a tip comes in, it goes in a file."

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The investigation uncovered a drug ring selling cocaine and marijuana that operated near the store. The shop was not robbed the night of the slayings, leading investigators to believe the deaths were drug-related.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration got involved. Investigators used wiretaps to record 3,000 phone calls. Twenty polygraphs also were performed. Authorities arrested 35 people on drug charges but no one in connection with the murders.

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Nicholas Kunselman

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"We still believe there may be drug ties," Kelley said.
Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said it's rare that only a criminal knows about a homicide.
"We need someone to come forward who might have been scared to come forward before," Shires said.
People can leave tips anonymously, and they can earn a reward, he said.
The high-school sweethearts are buried together on a mountaintop at Mount Lindo Cemetery in Jefferson County. A granite bench next to their headstone bears the inscription "Together in Peace Forever."
The former owner of the business sold the shop in October 2001.
Stephanie was involved with sports, such as swimming for the Foothills Recreational District Swim Team. In his spare time, Nicholas played the guitar, listened to music and became the Colorado junior disc-golf champion. Both were shy.
Contact information: Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 303-271-5612 or Denver Post reporter Kirk Mitchell at 303-954-1206 or kmitchell@denverpost.com/.

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