The teenage girl who was shot in the head by classmate Karl Pierson on December 13 at Arapahoe High School died on Saturday. Claire Davis was only 17 years old.
She had been in critical condition at Littleton Adventist Hospital since the December 13 shooting. Friends, family, and well wishers from around the country had reached out to her family during this unbelievably difficult and tragic time. People from around the nation were pouring in support to help with medical costs. Hospital officials say that Claire fought hard, but in the end the wound was to severe.
“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,” was the official statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital.
So far, everything points to Davis being a random victim as Pierson made his way to what appeared to be the Library. Various reports have tried to guess at Pierson’s motives for the shooting, but the world will never know the complete truth. Pierson committed suicide just one minute and 20 seconds after entering the school. He set off one incendiary device and managed to fire just five shots. But one of those shots proved to be fatal for young Claire.
Classmates remembered Davis as being a sweet, fun girl who loved horses. She was a good student and well liked by her teachers. Now, only a week later, her family must begin planning her memorial service. Friends and family took to Twitter to reach out.
RIP Claire Davis. Fly with the angels.
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) December 22, 2013
— Stephanie (@_StephanieMH) December 22, 2013
There is little more infuriating than senseless violence. RIP Claire Davis. Only 17 years old.
— Ryan Sutter (@ryansutter) December 22, 2013