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Littleton Lutherans learn to live with what they have seen and heard

"How's it going, Elizabeth?" asks a man in the narthex of St. Philip Lutheran Church, Littleton, Colo. "OK," shrugs the 15-year-old as she walks off. But her eyes are blank and glassy. She looks inward at a scene she wishes she could erase from memory. But she can't.

And it's clear she doesn't want to talk about what she saw at Columbine High School on April 20, when 12 students and a teacher were killed by two youths who then committed suicide.

Elizabeth is one of 69 high school students from four ELCA congregations who were at Columbine that day.

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