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Claire Davis, Arapahoe H.S. shooting victim, dies from her injuries

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Claire Davis, the 17-year-old student from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. who was shot in the head at point blank range by student shooter Karl Pierson, died from her injuries on Dec. 21.

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Officials from Littleton Adventist Hospital released a statement yesterday, according to CBS News.

"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."

Claire remained in critical condition and in a coma since the shooting occurred inside her high school on Dec. 13.

Shooter Karl Pierson, 18, also a student at Arapahoe High School, entered the school armed with a shotgun, a machete, several Molotov cocktails, and plenty of ammunition. He was specifically looking for one of his teachers, with whom he had a recent confrontation. The teacher escaped the school unharmed.

Police say that Claire Davis was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was Pierson’s only victim, although he came to the school prepared to do much more damage.

Pierson took his own life only “one minute and 20 seconds after entering the building,” after being confronted by a sheriff's deputy assigned to the school

Claire’s family also released a statement on behalf of their beloved daughter:

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

The Friday the 13 shooting at Arapahoe High School came only one day before the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, where shooter Adam Lanza shot and killed six school staffers and 20 first grade students in Newtown, Conn.

Arapahoe High School is only eight miles away from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., where 14 years ago, two teen students walked through their school and killed one teacher and 12 students before taking their own lives.

For more on the tragic shooting death of young Claire Davis, see the video accompanying this article.

Rest in peace Claire Davis.

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