February 14, 2000
Nick Kunselman (15) and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell (16) are shot to death
Kunselman and Hart-Grizzell (pictured) were dating at the time of their murders, and both were students of the nearby Columbine High School, which had infamously been the stage of a school shooting the previous April. On Valentine’s night, Kunselman was working at a Subway restaurant and Hart-Grizzell was waiting for his closing shift to end.
Another Subway employee drove past the restaurant at approximately 1 a.m., three hours after it was to have closed, and noticed the lights were still on. The employee entered the store and found the bodies of the teens behind the counter. Both had been fatally shot. The employee also saw someone — described as a white man with blonde hair, about 5 feet 8 inches (approximately 173cm) tall — exiting the back of the store. Hart-Grizzell and Kunselman were later buried next to each other.
Twenty years later, their case remains unsolved. The reward for information on the case has recently been increased from $2,000 to $12,000, and tips may be submitted by phone or online by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP(7867), or metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. The public is encouraged to report any information, no matter how trivial the information may seem.
Update (February 14, 2021): The reward for information on the case has been increased again, to $100,000.
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