Slain student's parents attend Arapahoe High healing assembly; Eric Decker records video message

Broncos' Eric Decker records video for assembly

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The parents of a girl who was fatally shot at her suburban Denver high school have attended a healing ceremony with other students there.

Claire Davis was shot on Dec. 13 and died eight days later. Investigators said the shooter was Karl Pierson, another student at the school, who then took his own life.

 

Investigators say Davis was a random victim and Pierson's target was a speech and debate team coach who had  removed him from the debate team.

Claire's parents, Michael and Desiree Davis,  went to Arapahoe High School for the ceremony Friday morning.

"You're all young and the on the brink of starting your adult lives.  Within the next ten years, most of you will be married and be starting your own families.  Probably many of you are beginning to wonder about what the future holds for you --- where you'll go to college, what you'll study, what kind of career you'll pursue, what kind of life you'll live" the parents' message said.  "We'd like to challenge you this morning that you start now, this very moment, being the person you want to be for the rest of your life."

Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker also recorded a video message that was played at the assembly.

"I understand you went through a lot in the last month," said in the video. "I went through a similar situation  … Two friends passed away in a school shooting."

Decker was referring to the 2003 school shooting at his high school in Cold Spring, Minn.  Two students were killed when another student went on a killing spree.  Decker, a high school student at the time, hid in a cupboard with other students until they were rescued by police officers.

"In tough times like this you have to stick together," he said.  "Stay strong. Stay 'Warrior Strong.'  Go Warriors.  Go Broncos."

Ten members of the Arapahoe Nation, the school's namesake, also attended, burning cedar bundles and wafting the smoke over the audience to symbolize unity and strength.

The school has a longstanding relationship with the Wyoming tribe.

Monday marks the one-month anniversary of the shooting.
 

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