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Columbine survivor killed on N.M. job

DENVER (AP) — A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings has died while working in New Mexico for Xcel Energy.

Thirty-year-old Matthew Depew was electrocuted Saturday morning while working to restore power outside of Carlsbad, where he was based.

Depew was one of the first callers from inside Columbine High School to alert authorities to the shooting in 1999. His father was a Denver police officer, and Depew called the Denver Police Department after finding the body of one of the students killed.

Depew left Columbine after his sophomore year.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Depew’s death. Xcel said it is also conducting an investigation. Company officials issued a statement expressing their condolences.


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