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Sue Klebold, Mother Of Columbine Shooter Dylan Klebold, Says She Prayed For Son's Suicide

By Keith Coffman

DENVER, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold prayed for him to commit suicide when she was told he was a suspect during the shooting spree at a Colorado school that killed 13 people, the woman said in a new book.

Klebold, 17, and classmate Eric Harris, 18, went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, near Denver, in April 1999. They were heavily armed and took the lives of 12 students and a teacher, before turning their guns on themselves.

Sue and Tom Klebold, who have rarely commented publicly about their son, were interviewed extensively for a book released this week, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity."

The massacre was the most deadly mass shooting ever to occur at a U.S. high school, and it led schools across the country to adopt tighter security measures and institute lockdown drills. It generated debate over gun laws and put a spotlight on bullying and cliques in schools.

Sue Klebold told "Far From the Tree" author Andrew Solomon that police informed her during the shooting that her son was a suspect and she had a "sudden vision of what he might be doing."

"And so while every other mother in Littleton was praying that her child was safe, I had to pray that mine would die before he hurt anyone else," the book quotes her as saying.

Sue Klebold also said she feared her son would eventually be sentenced to death if he was captured and tried.

Dale Todd's son Evan was a sophomore when he was hit with a shotgun blast, leaving him among over 20 people wounded that day. Dale Todd said he was incredulous when he read Sue Klebold's comments, which Reuters emailed to him, because he found them to be "all about her and her feelings about herself."

Sue Klebold wrote a piece about her son that was published in 2009 by Oprah Winfrey's magazine "O," but she and her...

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