As of Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors are warning people that scam artists may try to take advantage of the shooting death of Claire Davis at Arapahoe High School by setting up phony websites and requesting donations.
"Bad people don't take a holiday off or any time off," warned George Brauchler, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. "If they're going to try to exploit the weak or those who are emotionally distressed they're going to do it in a situation just like this."
No fraudulent websites have been reported so far, but prosecutors say individuals who are interested in contributing should check with Siteadvisor.com or whois.com to determine who really owns the website.
You should also be wary of charitable requests that come from unfamiliar solicitors -- over social networking sites, emails, over the phone, or through the mail.
"It's commonplace especially when it's the kind of tragedy that gets a lot of publicity," explained Barbara Martin-Worley, Director of Consumer Protection for the District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District. "Anyone can do a website, these things can go up overnight, and that's usually what we see."
A variety of legitimate fund-raising and other drives have been set up to support Claire Davis. The following are verifiable fundraisers and other efforts afloat in the community:
-- The Denver Foundation's Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis
Contribute online at: http://ch7ne.ws/1csy9kz
-- Arapahoe Donation Fund for Claire Davis at First Bank
2323 E. Arapahoe Rd. Centennial, CO 80122
Note: Donations can be dropped off at any First Bank branch.
--Youth Mental Health Awareness and Support Programs
Littleton Hospital Foundation
-- TLC Meals on Wheels (on Claire’s behalf)
PO Box 3108
Centennial, CO. 80122
-- Cards for Claire and her family can be mailed directly to the hospital at:
Claire Davis c/o Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
Suspicious websites that allege to be charities raising funds for Claire or her family should be reported to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Consumer Protection line at 720-874-8547.
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.