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Steven Robert Curnow
Soccer, "Star Wars" his passions

By Cindy Brovsky
Denver Post Staff Writer

Steven Robert Curnow April 23 - Columbine High School freshman Steven Robert Curnow, who died in Tuesday's shooting rampage, was an avid Star Wars movie buff.

"He loved the Star Wars movies,'' a statement from his family said. "He watched them so much he could speak the lines of each movie along with the actors. He was collecting and had read numerous books from the Star Wars series.''

Curnow's other love was soccer. He began the sport when he was 5 with the YMCA and later for Club Columbine, now the Colorado Rush Soccer Association.

"We have more than 100 kids from Columbine and we were checking names all day,'' said Tom Stone of the soccer club. "It was very hard to hear about Steve.''

Stone agreed Curnow was an excellent soccer player.

"When (Steve) kicked the ball, it was like a rocket coming at you,'' his family said. "Other players would duck or fall to the ground if hit by the ball.''

Curnow's father, Larry, who was a referee with the soccer club, encouraged his son to explore that aspect of the game. His father helped train him for a referee position, which his family says helped Curnow understand the game even better while also earning a him little money.

"Steve was a delight to know,'' his family said. "He was so good with younger children. He had a smile that touched everyone who knew him. He was a great kid and it's hard to imagine life without him in it.''

Curnow's father and mother, Nancy, spent agonizing hours at nearby Leawood Elementary School awaiting news of their son.

"The family of Steve Curnow would like to thank each and every one of the beautiful and helpful people who gave of themselves to aid us in our anxious wait to hear news of our son,'' the statement says.

In particular, the family thanked a unnamed young man who brought angel pins, teddy bears and comforting religious saying to families waiting to hear about their children.

"It wasn't the news we wanted to hear, but all of the volunteers from the various agencies and the community were a wealth of support to us.''

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