Claire Davis was pronounced dead late Saturday evening after eight days in a coma. Davis was wounded when a gunman entered her Colorado high school and suddenly began shooting. Davis, who just happened to be sitting with a classmate at the time, sustained a gunshot wound to the head.
Doctors at Littleton Adventist Hospital of Colorado, where Davis was being treated, released a statement announcing the girl’s death. In their statement the hospital staff expressed the heartbreak and sorrow felt by the community due to the girls passing.
While hundreds in the Colorado city of Arapahoe attended vigils for Claire Davis last week, thousands on twitter and other social media sites offered their support to her family, in an out pouring of love.
The gunman who shot the unfortunate Davis was 18-year-old Karl Pierson, who also attended Arapahoe High School. Colorado police state that Pierson, armed with a shotgun, entered the school, shot Davis point-blank and then continued randomly shooting into the schools hallways. Police believe that Davis was a random victim in the shooting.
Pierson is said to have purchased the shotgun legally at a gun store in Denver. The boy had just turned 18, months before purchasing the shotgun.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office has come to the conclusion that Davis was not the intended target of Pierson’s attack. The belief is that Davis did not even know Pierson.
Reports on the shooting claim that Pierson had entered school intending to kill his former debate team instructor. According to sources, in September, there was a confrontation between the boy and the instructor which led to the “revenge” attack last week. The debate team instructor and school librarian, Tracy Murphy, was able to escape harm during the attack.
Karl Pierson’s parents issued a statement last week. In it they offered their prayers “for the entire Arapahoe High School Community” and convey their understanding of how the event has impacted the lives of many. The Pierson’s have also lost a child; their son took his own life after authorities cornered him at the school. His death has left his family wondering why their child would commit such an act.
Claire’s family has requested that the public respect their wishes and give them privacy while they grieve for their daughter. The family released their statement on Facebook. They gave their thanks to hospital staff, first responders, and the law enforcement officers who worked on the case.
The Davis family states, “Although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years—we’re truly blessed to be Claire’s parents.”
Tweets like, “RIP Claire Davis,” and “my thoughts go out to the Davis family”, and “our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Claire Davis”, have littered Twitter since the announcement of the teen’s death. The death has caused a lot of heartbreak, not only in Colorado but around the world.
By Earnestine Jones