On March 21, 2005, a student went on a killing spree at Red Lake High School in northern Minnesota that took the lives of 10 people including the shooter. It was the second worst incident since Columbine at the time. While most people still remember Columbine, most people have forgotten about the Red Lake Massacre. Whether because it happened on a remote Indian reservation or because worse tragedies have eclipsed this event, the lives of these Americans have been forever changed. Below is the four-part series photographed for the Star Tribune.
Chapter 1: A mother’s grief
Sandra Rosebear lost her 15-year-old daughter Chanelle in the school shooting.
Chapter 2: Recovery
Steven Cobenais was one of the most seriously wounded survivors of the Red Lake school shootings. After being shot in the forehead, Steven lost his left eye and suffered a severe brain injury.
Chapter 3: Teen life
Being a teenager on the Red Lake Indian Reservation can be hard, but it was especially tough in the year after the shooting at their high school. Red Lake High School was their sanctuary.
Chapter 4: Teen mom
Alex Roy, 13, was left to raise her son Ayden alone when her baby’s 15-year-old father, Chase Lussier, was killed at Red Lake High School after pushing a classmate to safety.