Nicholas Kunselman and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell: $100,000 reward for info on Colorado double murder on V-day
Officials significantly upped the reward from $12,000 to $100,000 in the hopes that it will encourage anyone with information in the baffling cold case to finally come forward
LITTLETON, COLORADO: A teen couple was found murdered at a Littleton, Colorado sandwich shop 21 years ago. Now after years, the authorities in Colorado are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the cold-case double murder of two teenage Columbine High School students who were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day.
As per a report by Crime-Online, the young couple Nicholas Kunselman, 15, and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell, 16, were gunned down inside a Subway sandwich shop in Littleton, Colorado, on February 14, 2000. Kunselman worked at the local fast-food franchise, and Hart-Grizzel drove down to the restaurant on Coal Mine Avenue to wait for her boyfriend to finish his job. Their bodies were found after a fellow Subway employee saw that the store lights were still on just before 1 a.m., long after closing.
Reports by CBS4 suggest that the teenagers’ bodies were discovered behind the counter inside the Subway restaurant. Investigators stated that both victims were shot by at least one unknown intruder. On Sunday, February 14, the anniversary of the Columbine students’ double murder, officials significantly upped the reward from $12,000 to $100,000 in the hopes that it will encourage anyone with information in the baffling cold case to finally come forward.
KMGH-Denver reported, that the two teenagers were students at Columbine High School, the very school where less than a year earlier 12 of their classmates and a teacher had been killed in a mass shooting. The high school sweethearts stayed together even through the traumatic time in their lives and were described as a happy young couple by family members. “Although they had just gone through the tragedy at the high school, they were coming through it so good and they were so happy. We just really felt like that might be the last hard thing that we went through," Stephanie’s mother, Kelly Grizzell said in 2017. The incident took place just 10 months after the mass shooting, just a few blocks from the high school. “The last thing I said to her was, ‘Goodnight. I love you,’” Kelly recalled. “I’ll never forget that.”
When Kelly Grizzell woke up the next morning, she wasn't aware what happened. When she turned on the TV and saw the news: Two people had been killed at the Subway shop in Littleton. The footage showed the parking lot, and Kelly noticed her daughter's car. "I still didn’t know why her car would be there, but had no idea that it could be her," Kelly said. "I was very worried.” Then police arrived at their house. “It was just awful," Kelly told Denver7. "I can remember somebody saying, ‘Is this the mother?’ and you can’t imagine – you’re hoping there’s somebody standing behind you, or that they’re not really looking at you, or that you’re dreaming."