Claire Davis, 17-year-old Arapahoe High School shooting victim, dies
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Claire Davis, the 17-year-old student wounded in the shooting at Arapahoe High School last week, has died of her injuries, Littleton Adventist Hospital announced Saturday.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side,” the hospital said in a Facebook post. “Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, …our staff and our families.”
In the days since the attack, Davis had been the subject of a massive outpouring of support. Parties ranging from local equestrian team members to the international pop band One Direction had expressed their affection and worked to ease the burden on her family.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Davis family at Littleton Adventist Hospital at least twice, a spokesman said. He spent a short time with the victim’s parents, but was not able to see Claire.
There were numerous vigils and gatherings held throughout the past week. Earlier this week, students by the hundreds stayed after school at Cherry Creek High School Wednesday to honor and support their friends at Arapahoe.
Many students said they have so many friends at Arapahoe that the pain of the shooting Friday has been felt at Cherry Creek, which is not too far away.
The Cherry Creek students launched black and gold balloons. Black and gold are Arapahoe’s school colors.
Police believe Davis was shot in the head on Dec. 13 by a fellow student, 18-year-old Karl Pierson. He attacked the school in retaliation for a punishment he received in September, investigators said.
Davis was the only person hurt before the suspect killed himself.
“We cannot begin to understand why Karl did what he did,” the shooter’s parents, Barbara and Mark Pierson, said last week in a statement. They also offered prayers “for the entire Arapahoe High School community, as we know your lives are forever changed by this horrific event.”