Friends, family gather to remember Claire Davis

DENVER – Friends and family of Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis gathered to remember the teenager who loved equestrian sports and had a bright spirit.

Her father, Michael Davis, thanked the paramedics and doctors who worked to keep her alive after the shooting.

“We are deeply humbled,” Michael Davis said. “We can’t imagine going through this without all of you who are holding us up.”

The memorial service, which was held at the National Western Stock Show Complex, included dignitaries like Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Michael Bennet and Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin.

Davis competed in a horse show during the 2013 National Western Stock Show and was scheduled to compete again in 2014. This year’s nationally-renowned show — the 108th running of the National Western Stock Show — will honor Davis by renaming its annual hunter and jumper event the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler’s Choice Horse Show.

Davis, a 17-year-old student at Arapahoe High School, was shot in the head by a fellow student on Dec. 13. She died of her injuries on Dec. 21.

“Claire’s passion and love of horses and competition embodied what we deeply value at the National Western Stock Show,” stock show president and CEO Paul Andrews said. “She was an excellent equestrian and a great example for all youth in the world with her positive attitude and leadership.”