LITTLETON, Colo. - Claire Davis' peers from Arapahoe High School came together to pray for her one week after she was badly injured in a school shooting.
Davis is in "very critical condition" after being shot last Friday, Littleton Adventist Hospital said Friday night. She remains in a coma.
The candlelight vigil for Davis was held Friday night in Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 7691 S. University Blvd. in Centennial, near the high school. On the day of the shooting, that church was one of the locations the school district took evacuated students to be reunited with their parents.
"We come tonight to pray for her and her family," said Rev. Bradley Stoltenow. ""Father when the doors of Arapahoe High School open, we pray, Lord, that we take back that school."
"I wanted to be here to really support Claire and what happened with her," said Ellie Maji, a fellow student at Arapahoe High School. "I know some of her friends and I know how hard it is for them."
The Burger King location near the school donated all of their proceeds Friday to the Davis family. That location employs at least six of her classmates.
"I think we're moving in the right direction. Hopefully after today we can get through the Holidays we'll get back to -- it won't be normal. But it'll be a new normal," said Gary Robinson, owner of the Burger King location.
The sheriff says Davis wasn't targeted by the shooter. They say she was shot when another student came to the school with a shotgun, seeking vengeance on a school librarian who disciplined him.
Classes at Arapahoe have been canceled until next year.
Freshman and sophomores were allowed into school Friday to retrieve belongings. Juniors and seniors were allowed to return for their things on Thursday.
New Fund Established Honoring Claire Davis
The Denver Foundation announced today that the family and concerned friends and community members have created the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis. This charitable fund will broadly support Arapahoe High School and the surrounding community with support for mental health care, anti-bullying programs, and other community needs as determined by the fund’s advisors, Michael and Desiree Davis.
“The Denver Foundation is privileged to be able to help the Arapahoe High School community honor Claire Davis and help with needs that extend beyond the immediate,” says David Miller, President of The Denver Foundation. “We will be honored to work with Claire’s family to determine where contributed dollars will make the greatest difference.”
For more information about the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis, or to make contributions, please visit www.denverfoundation.org.
About The Denver Foundation
The Denver Foundation is a community foundation serving the seven-county Metro Denver area. The Denver Foundation administers more than 1,000 funds for businesses, individuals, and families, established for a wide range of charitable purposes since its founding in 1925.