" He then addressed the solemn crowd with a speech which included references to Scott's pious character, kind nature and love of her fellow human, before stating: "You have graduated early from this life to a far better one, where there is no sorrow, violence or death." Those conveying their eulogies included one youth who had been considered an outcast at Columbine High School, who stated: "All my life I prayed that someone would love me and make me feel wanted.
God sent me an angel," before staring at Scott's casket and weeping.
Nick Baumgart, who accompanied Rachel to the high school prom as his date three days before her murder, also spoke, saying: "A truer friend, you couldn't find.
You could be having the worst day of your entire life; all she had to do was smile." Rachel's parents chose not to speak at the service, but issued a statement in which they described their daughter as "a girl whose love of life was constantly reflected in her love and zeal for music, drama, photography, and for her friends".
In total, 13 people were killed and 24 were injured.
The two perpetrators then committed suicide, raising the final death toll to 15.
The funeral service was televised worldwide on many national and international TV channels, and the entire funeral was viewed by millions around the world.
Rachel's parents appeared later on a show with host Maria Shriver, immediately after sharing on their personal choice of forgiveness.
Rachel's sister would later perform the same mime act at her funeral.
Scott was the first person to be shot in the Columbine High School massacre.
At Columbine, she was an attentive, above-average student who displayed a flair for music, acting, drama, and debate.
She was a member of the school's forensics and drama clubs, By April 1998, five of her closest friends had distanced themselves from her because of her increasing commitment to her faith.