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Arapahoe High School shooting victim dies, fund continues in her honor

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Claire Davis, 17, a victim of a gunman at Arapahoe High School, died Saturday December 21, Littleton Adventist Hospital announced on its Facebook page. A fund through the Denver Foundation continues in her honor.

Her family was at her side at the time of her death Saturday afternoon. Davis had been in a coma for eight days after being shot at the Centennial, Colo., high school.

Her parents wrote on the hospital’s Facebook page, “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 Dec.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,” they wrote. “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.”

The Denver Foundation announced that family and friends of Davis created the Arapahoe High School Community Fund honoring Claire Davis on Dec. 16. The new fund broadly supports mental health care, anti-bullying programs and other needs at Arapahoe High School and in the surrounding area.

“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 on Monday. “We will be honored to work with Claire’s family to determine where contributed dollars will make the greatest difference.”

Founded in 1925, the Denver Foundation is the state’s oldest community foundation.

Donations in Claire's name also are being collected by the TLC Meals on Wheels and the Littleton Hospital Foundation.

Davis was shot in the head point blank. The gunman, Karl Pierson, 18, committed suicide soon afterward, authorities said. Reports indicate that Davis was a random victim, and that Pierson brought arms to the school seeking a different target.

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