Final Moments: The Last Images Before Tragedy Struck

When tragedy strikes, we are often left trying to pick up the pieces of our lives, searching for answers and desperately trying to find answers. Many times the answers never come and others we not only have the answers, we have photographs. These images capture some of the last moments before tragedy struck these people, some you may remember, others have rarely been shared.

John Lennon


Truly a saddening image, John Lennon was signing autographs near his home in New York City. The guy standing behind Lennon is Mark David Chapman, his murderer. Ten minutes after this photo was taken Mark shoots and kills Lennon.



In one of the most shocking events in US history, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 and shot 12 students and one teacher. The man pictured here is William “Dave” Sanders, the one teacher who perished. He is shown here running to the cafeteria to warn students but was killed right after this photo was taken.

Air France Disaster


Air France Flight 4590 – The Concorde was on a scheduled international flight from Paris, France, to New York City, on 25 July 2000. During takeoff, it ran over debris on the runway that somehow punctured a tire causing a chain reaction that made its fuel tank catch fire. The plane quickly crashed into a nearby hotel, killing all 109 people on board.

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