CARLSBAD, N.M. - A man who survived the Columbine High School massacre as a teenager was electrocuted over the weekend.
Matthew Depew, 30, now of Carlsbad, New Mexico, was working on some power lines Saturday when he was shocked. He did not survive.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends, family and co-workers affected by this tragic accident," Xcel Energy said in a statement sent to 10News Scripps sister station KMGH-TV.
"Matt was an incredible man. He loved children more than the world," wrote Martin C. on a Texas newspaper website. "He had endured the Columbine massacre and made a huge impact on society and helped many. He was a family man and great friend. He will be greatly missed."
"Not only did he have a huge heart for the people he loved, he also had an infectious laugh that was one of a kind. His smile after landing flips on his knee-boarding were always enjoyed and toasted too," George S. posted online.
Depew saw Daniel Rohrbough get shot and killed outside Columbine High School during the massacre, according to one of the investigations into the shooting. The report said Depew called his father, a Denver Police officer. That call helped alert authorities about the shooting.
During his time with Xcel, Depew was one of the workers who volunteered to go back east and help restore power after Hurricane Sandy hit.
The Eddy County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico and Xcel Energy are investigating Depew's death.