Homeless veteran finds and returns Columbine survivor's ring

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Homeless Veteran Finds and Returns Columbine Survivor's Ring


A survivor of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School massacre lost a very special memento a decade ago -- his 1999 high school football championship ring.

But what Evan Todd lost has now been found by a homeless veteran who was looking for arrowheads in a California river. His name is Bobby Smith, and he was offered $2,000 for the ring. He told Fox News while he needed the money, he just couldn't take it.

"It wouldn't be the right thing to do. If it was my ring, I'd certainly want it back," Smith told Fox News.

"What he did was amazing," Todd said.

Todd was injured during the shooting. He lost the ring after giving speeches about Columbine in California.

Todd told TheBlaze his football team dedicated that season to a player who died during the massacre. He told the outlet: "It was quite a stepping stone to overcoming the tragedy. ... It was something that reminded me of the good things that came out of high school, the overcoming tragedy and overcoming adversity."

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Sixty-year-old Smith has also had his fair share of tragedy. He's lost a wife, a daughter and his home.

To help out the veteran, Todd started a GoFundMe page for Smith, and it as of Friday morning it had racked up an astonishing $100,000. The original goal was only $5,000. Fifty percent is going to Smith; the other half is going to helping other homeless vets.

"It's amazing that people would reach out to help me and other homeless vets. It shows hope," Smith said.

Smith says he didn't expect any help, but he says it's a blessing. You can watch his full interview on the "Fox & Friends" website.

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FILE - This April 28, 1999 file photo shows a woman standing among 15 crosses posted on a hill above Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in remembrance of the 15 people who died during a school shooting on April 20, 1999. A memoir by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, titled "A Mother's Reckoning," is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2016. It will be launched with a prime-time interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
N 349881 002 04/21/99 Littleton, Colorado Students Grieve And Set Up Memorial For Those Who Died During The Columbine High School Massacre (Photo By Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 22: Mourners weep for victims outside Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where two teenagers shot to death 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LITTLETON, CO - APRIL 20: A handout photograph released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office shows the outside of the library and cafeteria at Columbine High School after the shooting massacre April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO. The photographs of the incident were released May 15, 2000 in a voluminous CD-ROM report. (Photo Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff via Getty Images)
Police officers and officials stand in front of Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, 22 April, 1999, the site where fourteen students and one teacher were killed 20 April, 1999 when two former students opened fire on their classmates. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Students run from Columbine High School run under cover from police 20 April 1999 in Littleton, Colorado, after two masked teens on a 'suicide mission' stormed the school and blasted fellow students with guns and explosives before turning the weapons on themselves. Police fear at least 25 people were killed. AFP PHOTO/Mark LEFFINGWELL (Photo credit should read MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
COLORADO - MARCH 6: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Eric Harris (L) points out a sawed-off shotgun held by friend Dylan Klebold at a makeshift shooting range March 6, 1999 in Douglas County, CO in this image from video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Approximately six weeks after this video was made, Klebold and Harris killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Some of the weapons seen in the video were used in the shooting. (Photo by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
COLORADO - MARCH 6: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Eric Harris practices shooting a weapon at a makeshift shooting range March 6, 1999 in Douglas County, CO in this image from video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Approximately six weeks after this video was made, Harris and friend Dylan Klebold killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Some of the weapons seen in the video were used in the shooting. (Photo by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
COLORADO - MARCH 6: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Eric Harris (L) watches as Dylan Klebold practices shooting a gun at a makeshift shooting range March 6, 1999 in Douglas County, CO in this image from video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Approximately six weeks after this video was made, Klebold and Harris killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Some of the weapons seen in the video were used in the shooting. (Photo by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
COLORADO - MARCH 6: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Dylan Klebold examines a shot-up bowling pin used for target practice at a makeshift shooting range March 6, 1999 in Douglas County, CO in this image from video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Approximately six weeks after this video was made, Klebold and friend Eric Harris killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Some of the weapons seen in the video were used in the shooting. (Photo by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
COLORADO - MARCH 6: (VIDEO CAPTURE) Dylan Klebold fires a sawed-off shotgun at a makeshift shooting range March 6, 1999 in Douglas County, CO in this image from video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Approximately six weeks after this video was made, Klebold and friend Eric Harris killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO in the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Some of the weapons seen in the video were used in the shooting. (Photo by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
N 349738 002 4/20/99 Littleton, Colorado Columbine High School Students Embrace After Being Reunited Near The Gun-Shattered School In Littleton, Colorado Tuesday. (Photo By Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 23: Mourner weeps at memorial in Clement Park for victims at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where two teenagers shot to death 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves. (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
04/23/99 Littleton, Colorado. A Truck Belonging To One Of The Killed Students At Columbine High School, Gets Turned Into A Shrine By Loved Ones. (Photo By Andrew Shawaf/Getty Images)
N 350098 004 23Apr99 Littleton, Co Usa A Group Of Students From Smoky Hill High School In Aurora, Colorado, Place Flowers At A Cross Planted Early Friday On A Hill Overlooking Columbine High School In Littleton, Colorado. The Cross Was Planted On 'Cross-Country Hill,' Where The Columbine Cross-Country Team Trained In Nearby Robert F. Clement Park. (Photo By Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
A view from the parking lot at the rear of Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, shows the cafeteria and library with windows missing 22 April, 1999, at the site where fourteen students and one teacher were killed 20 April, 1999 when two students opened fire on their classmates. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Charles SCHAEFER/MANDATORY CREDIT (Photo credit should read CHARLES SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)
N 350416 001 5/3/99 Littleton, Colorado Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco And Firearms Agents Use Metal Detectors And Explosives-Sniffing Dogs To Comb The Grounds Of Columbine High In Littleton, Colorado For Bomb Fragments And Amunition Monday. The Investigation Into The Shootings Of Two Weeks Ago Continues As Columbine High Students Returned To Classes At Nearby Chatfield High School. (Photo By Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
369420 01: A photograph illustrating a possible sniper on Columbine High School's rooftop April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO. The photographs of the incident were released in a voluminous CD-ROM report May 15, 2000. (Photo Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff)
369420 04: View of damage to the west entryway to Columbine High School where teen-age gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered the school April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO. Flags mark points where evidence such as bullet casings were found and the photographs of the incident were released in a voluminous CD-ROM report May 15, 2000. (Photo Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff)
369420 14: A television damaged by gunfire in Columbine High Library during the Columbine High School massacre April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO. The photographs of the incident were released in a voluminous CD-ROM report May 15, 2000. (Photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff)
UNITED STATES - MAY 15: Patty Nielson, an art teacher who was shot in the shoulder at Columbine High School, along side Tom Daschle speaks out for gun control legislation. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Friends of the victims of the 20 April 1999 Columbine High School shooting embrace after the moment of silence observed statewide during a ceremony held at the state capital in Denver, Colorado 20 April 2000. Twelve students and one teacher were killed by two student gunmen who then committed suicide. AFP PHOTO/MARK LEFFINGWELL (Photo credit should read MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
A group of friends reflect during the candlelight vigil at Clement Park marking the one year anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. Over 6,000 attended the vigil. (Photo By Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
N368039 03: Littleton High students Erin Boehm, left, and Erica Bristow embrace April 20, 2000 during the benediction at a memorial service held on the anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Co. Several thousand students and community members gathered for a school assembly and a service at nearby Clement Park to commemorate the deaths of a year before. (Photo by Kevin Moloney/Newsmakers)
DENVER, : A man named Al -- who refused to give his last name -- stands in a wool army overcoat and helmet during a private protest across the street from where several thousand demonstrators voice their opposition to the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention 01 May 1999 in Denver, Colorado. Demonstrators were opposed to the NRA holding its annual convention in Denver after the 20 April 1999 Columbine High School shooting in which 15 people were killed and 23 injured. AFP PHOTO/Mark LEFFINGWELL (Photo credit should read MARK LEFFINGWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
N 349881 002 04/21/99 Littleton, Colorado Students Grieve And Set Up Memorial For Those Who Died During The Columbine High School Massacre (Photo By Kevin Moloney/Getty Images)
Two crosses are covered in snow at a make-shift memorial in a park 23 April 1999 next to Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, where fourteen students and one teacher were killed 20 April 1999. Two former students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, opened fire on their former classmates during what the police are calling a 'suicide mission'. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
389221 04: ***EXCLUSIVE*** (NO TABS WITHOUT LIAISON APPROVAL) Mark Taylor, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, gets a hug August 3, 2000 from his mother Donna Taylor, in the backyard of their Littleton, Colorado home. Taylor, who was shot eight times in the April 1999 massacre, spent over 50 days in hospital. (Photo by Thomas MIchael Alleman/Liaison)
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