Claire Davis dies from injuries in Arapahoe High School shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Claire Esther Davis, the Arapahoe High School student critically wounded in Dec. 13's school shooting, has died from her injuries.

She died at 4:29 p.m. Saturday, according to the hospital.  The statement, published on the hospital's Facebook page, said:

 

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. Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire’s fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families.

The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community. They know that you all are mourning with them, and again request privacy during this time of grief.

Information regarding a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced at a future date. Please feel free to continue to leave cards for the Davis family in the Cards for Claire box, located within the main entrance of the hospital.

Claire's family also released this statement through the hospital at 6:30 p.m. Saturday:

"It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received at Arapahoe High School on December 13, 2013. 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 were truly blessed to be Claire’s parents. The grace, laughter ...and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death; to the contrary, it will only get stronger.

Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the first responders, the school resource officer, security guard and vice principal at Arapahoe High School, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Each played a significant role in giving Claire a chance to live, and demonstrated extreme amounts of professionalism, courage and love. Please know that we will never forget the extraordinary work you did on Claire’s behalf.

We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.

With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family"

Davis, 17, was shot in the head by another student with a shotgun at point-blank range at the school on Dec. 13, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

She was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital in "very critical" condition, underwent surgery and remained in a coma ever since.

One day after the shooting, Davis' father told 7NEWS his daughter was "not doing very well."

At the time, he told 7NEWS reporter Molly Hendrickson that the family is grateful for the support of everyone in the community, and asked for the community to pray for her.

About 500 classmates held a candlelight vigil on Saturday for Davis, who was sitting with a friend near the school library when she was shot. Saturday night, another vigil was held for Davis at Shepherd of the Hills Church, near Arapahoe High School.

"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."

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said earlier that investigators think she was shot at random by the gunman.

The shooter was a fellow student who had gone into the school looking for a teacher with whom he had a dispute. The Arapahoe High School shooter killed himself with a shot to the head, the coroner confirmed.

Students are planning a special edition of the school newspaper that will honor Claire.

The parents of the gunman released a short sentence statement on Claire's passing on Sunday:

"We are heartbroken to hear of Claire's passing.  Our hearts ache for her family as they deal with unimaginable grief.  Our prayers are with Claire's family & the entire Arapahoe community."

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.

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