Claire Davis, 17, the girl who was in critical condition for the past week from the shooting at Arapahoe High School, has died, according to Yahoo! News on Saturday.
On Dec. 13, Davis was shot in the head by classmate Karl Pierson, 18, at her school. Littleton Adventist Hospital released a statement which read that it is with heavy hearts that they share that at 4:29 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Davis passed away with her family at her side. The statement continued by saying that despite the best efforts of the physicians and nursing staff at the hospital – as well as Claire’s fighting spirit – her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. The statement concluded by saying that Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for the entire community, the hospital staff, and the families.
Davis’ family also released a statement saying that they are grateful for the 17 years they had with their daughter. It said the grace, laughter and light she brought to this world will not be extinguished by her death, but to the contrary it will only get stronger. They concluded their statement expressing appreciation for the outpouring of the community’s support, thanking law enforcement, school officials, and medical staff for their efforts.
Eight days ago, Davis was sitting with a friend in the school when Pierson – who was armed with a shotgun, ammunition, Molotov cocktails, and a machete – headed toward the library. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson has asserted that Davis is believed to have been a random target of the shooter. The shooter was looking for the school’s librarian who had disciplined him previously, but with the amount of harmful materials he had on him, he apparently had plans to hurt many others. The gunman only set off one of the Molotov cocktails and only fired five shots before killing himself when a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the high school closed in on him.