April 20, 2019 marks twenty years since tragedy struck Littleton, Colorado.

That morning, two students opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 13 people and themselves.

While then-sophomore Lauren Cartaya escaped the school quickly, her older brother Zach was stuck inside the building with many of his classmates – hiding in an empty classroom.

Two decades later, the Cartaya siblings came to StoryCorps to remember the day that changed both of their lives.


Top photo: The Cartaya family photographed by Life Magazine after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Courtesy of Ray Ng.
Bottom photo: Zach Cartaya and Lauren Cartaya at their StoryCorps interview in Littleton, CO in March 2019. By Kevin Oliver for StoryCorps.

Originally aired April 19, 2019, on NPR’s Morning Edition.