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Cassie René Bernall (November 6, 1981 – April 20, 1999) was a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, at age 17.

Initial reports suggested that one of the assailants, either Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold, asked Bernall if she believed in God moments before fatally shooting her. She was reported to have answered "yes".[1] This story led to Bernall being presented as a martyr by some Christians, and served as the inspiration for several songs, including Michael W. Smith's "This Is Your Time"[2] and Flyleaf's "Cassie." [3]

In the months following Bernall's death, her mother, Misty Bernall, issued the book She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall. In this book Misty Bernall discusses her daughter's turbulent teenage life, spiritual conversion and martyrdom.

Most examinations of witness testimony state that Cassie was not asked anything before she was shot.[4][5][6][7] According to witness Emily Wyant, who was hiding under a wood table with Cassie, Eric Harris said "peekaboo" before shooting Cassie, while Cassie continued to pray silently.[7] It is believed the famous exchange actually took place between Klebold and Valeen Schnurr, and was mistakenly attributed to Bernall.[4][5]


  1. Cullen, Dave (1999-05-15). "I Smell the Presence of Satan". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/05/15/evangelicals/index.html. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  2. McCall, Michael (1999-11-29). "Songs of Experience: Christian singer looks at life's troubles and offers inspired work". Nashville Scene. Weekly Wire. http://weeklywire.com/ww/11-29-99/nash_music-lede.html. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  3. Portell, Paul (2005-02-01). "Flyleaf, Flyleaf EP Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/FlyleafEP.asp. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Watson, Justin (2002). The martyrs of Columbine. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 117–128. ISBN 9780312239572. http://books.google.com/books?id=JujrCCedbicC&pg=PA117.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Luzadder, Dan; Kevin Vaughan (1999-12-14). "Biggest question of all". Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado: The E.W. Scripps Co.). http://denver.rockymountainnews.com/shooting/1214col1.shtml. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  6. Toppo, Greg; Marilyn Elias (2009-04-13). "10 years later, the real story behind Columbine". USA Today (Gannett Co. Inc.). http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-04-13-columbine-myths_N.htm. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cullen, Dave (1999-09-30). "Who said "Yes"?". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/09/30/bernall. Retrieved 2010-10-03.

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