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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.
Coverage: Arapahoe High School Shooting
Students returned to classes at Arapahoe High School on Tuesday.
Teachers and staff went back to work at Arapahoe High School on Monday. Students will return to classes on Tuesday.
An online petition drive is asking Littleton Public Schools to give Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis a diploma at graduation in May.
When an armed student went into Arapahoe High School on December 13, many people sprung into action.
Claire Davis' father asked people to forgive the fellow student who shot and killed his 17-year-old daughter at Arapahoe High School.
The Arapahoe High School shooter entered the school through a door that should have been closed and locked, but was left ajar, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.
Gov. John Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of Claire Davis, the student slain in the Arapahoe High School shooting.
Tickets to the celebration of Claire Davis' life are now available for students and staff at Arapahoe High School.
Claire Davis will be celebrated next week with a memorial at the National Western Stock Show and Complex.