Arapahoe High shooting victim Claire Davis dies

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Video below.
Update: Claire Davis, the teen injured in the Arapahoe High shooting, has died. According to a post on Littleton Adventist Hospital's Facebook page, Davis passed away from her wounds at 4:29 p.m. on Saturday, November 21.

"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," the hospital wrote. "Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families."

A statement from the Davis family is below:

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.

Original post: We've been keeping you up to date on the condition of Claire Davis, the seventeen-year-old student shot by Karl Pierson at Arapahoe High School on Friday.

Littleton Adventist Hospital's latest update describes her as in "very critical condition" -- the first time "very" has been used in this context.

Meanwhile, Davis's favorite band, One Direction, has sent its get-well wishes via video. See the clip and get more details below.

At about 12:33 p.m. last Friday, as we've reported, Pierson is said to have gained access to Arapahoe High through the school's north entrance.

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Another photo of Claire Davis.
He wore a backpack and was armed with a .12 gauge pump action shotgun, three Molotov cocktails, a machete in a canvas scabbard and more than 125 rounds of shotgun ammunition -- steel-shot, buckshot and slug -- worn in two bandoliers slung across his chest.

Pierson is thought to have immediately started firing the shotgun as he stepped inside the building, with the second blast striking Davis in the head. He subsequently took his own life.

For several days, Davis has been listed as being comatose in critical but stable condition. But at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, Littleton Adventist posted this update from her family: "Claire remains in a coma, in very critical condition. We are appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from those near and far and ask for your continued prayers for Claire."

The "far" part of this statement is exemplified by One Direction's outreach. Claire's friends started the Twitter account Pray for Claire D. as a way to lobby the group to make a gesture on Davis's behalf, and it worked, as the video below demonstrates:

Yesterday, we published information about a fundraiser for Claire put together by Arapahoe High alums; it's scheduled for tonight. In addition, current students will reportedly hold a candlelight vigil tonight at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, to which students fleeing the shooting on Friday were evacuated.

Our best wishes to Claire's friends, family and loved ones.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive: "Claire Davis knew Arapahoe High shooter Karl Pierson, but sheriff doesn't see her as target."

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Another "Law Abiding Gun Owner" ... kills his OWN DAUGHTER! ***


A 14-year-old girl mistaken for a burglar was fatally shot by her stepfather Monday at their residence in northeast Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs police said.


According to a statement from police spokesman Larry Herbert, the shooting happened just before 6 a.m. on the 4000 block of Ascendant Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road.


"The initial call came in as a burglary-in-progress," Herbert said.


The girl was taken to an area hospital where she died of gunshot wounds.

---


Behold the DEPRAVED COWARDICE of Gun-Tards who are so piss-pants scared of their own shadow that they would gutlessly shoot a 14 year old girl.


Bet that "made your day", didn't it Daddy tough-guy?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


Karl Pierson = another "Law Abiding Gun Owner" the NRA and Teabaggers are always yammering about ...


... right up to the moment he pulled the trigger!



Loren Paige Hanna
Loren Paige Hanna

Sending our love to Claire's family and friends, the loss of an innocent life is heartbreaking. May her energy be ever present xo

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

It started just before 12:33 p.m. on Friday, moments after the high school senior and debate club member parked his car in the student lot at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver, then -- wearing a bandolier containing shotgun shells and carrying a pump-action shotgun, a machete and a backpack holding three Molotov cocktails -- walked through a door adjacent to the library.

"He took no effort to conceal the fact that he was armed," said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

Wow. Maybe part of the problem is that these guys feel so CONFIDENT when going into these schools they don't even bother trying to conceal their intentions. As shown in the excerpt above. These are liberal/socialist policies that are keeping your children's schools a free-for-all playground for psychopathic mass killers. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Thanks Remington Arms!

Thanks Smith & Wesson!

Thanks CCI!

Thanks Winchester Firearms!

Thanks Western Cartridge!

Thanks Browning Arms!

Thanks NRA!

Thanks Rocky Mountain Gun Owners!


              ===> Merry Fucking Christmas !! <===


Mozart99
Mozart99

We don't need Obamacare death panels. We already have the NRA.

Mozart99
Mozart99

Forget the praying for Claire Davis. Do something about guns. And don't tell us this is not the right time to talk about it. As Primo Levi said of the Holocausst: "If not now, when?"

Cecilia Hendrix
Cecilia Hendrix

So sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with her family

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MessedUpWorld ... Wow, maybe you now realize that even an Armed Security Officer at the school doesn't prevent these tragedies.


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay You are one fucked up irrational person when it comes to the topic of guns. 

Thanks for pointing that out!

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

@DonkeyHotay  From CNN: The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said.


The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. "We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life."


He praised the deputy's response as "a critical element to the shooter's decision" to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. "He went to the thunder," he said. "He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe."

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

@DonkeyHotay Yes. We should be thanking them. If it wasn't for them, the ARMED deputy that reduced the body count considerably wouldn't have had an opposing firearm to threaten the shooter with. Thanks guys. 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <======= ignore the Sad Case with serious mental issues.  Nothing to see there....


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Scott <== the shooter killed HIMSELF, asswipe.


The armed deputy prevented NOTHING, including Claire's suffering and death.


.



stuka1
stuka1

@Mozart99OH, look, DonkeyHotay has YET another sockpuppet account to troll the Westword blogs with ("..Matt..".is one, too). How droll.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cecilia Hendrix ... your "god" already responded to your pathetic prayers.

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

@DonkeyHotay @MessedUpWorld Ok. So why don't we ask the parents of the surviving teens if they would have preferred NO armed guard to be present that day to confront he shooter. Guess what they are gonna say, lib-tard? You are losing your argument. The body count would have been much higher if it wasn't for the officer. I am the first one to criticize the police when they murder un-armed people, however, that just wasn't the case here, this guy actually risked his own life to neutralize a threat and this should be noted as such. Because that's what happened, freak.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey <=== supports the "right" of every psychopath in the U$A to possess firearms.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MessedUpWorld  ... ex-post-facto fabrication from the cops to make themselves look useful.


They have NO IDEA what the shooter knew -- he KILLED HIMSELF in the library before the school officer even knew what room he was in.


Proof that Armed Guards at schools do not and can not prevent such spontaneous incidents of mayhem and murder, that are over in 80 seconds from start to finish ... 


... and Claire was fatally shot within the first FEW SECONDS.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MessedUpWorld ... the shooter killed himself before the security guard even knew where he was.


It was all over in 80 seconds.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

 WRONG.  The deputy made himself known to the shooter, and the shooter committed suicide as the deputy closed in on him.  But don't let facts get in the way of your idiotic trollfest.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== oh look, stupid sucka1 falsely assumes everyone who doesn't agree with his idiocy must be "DonkeyHotay".


... when he's not busy pretending to be "DonkeyHotay" himself.


Fucking idiot.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotayJust fucking STOP, asshole.  You give atheists a bad fucking name. 


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MessedUpWorld ... you're the lying cunt who initially claimed that this incident happened because there was NO armed security officer present.


The body count was low because the shooter was after a SPECIFIC TARGET -- his Debate Team coach -- and not his fellow students. He could have easily slaughtered DOZENS of them if he wanted, but by all accounts Claire was unintended collateral damage from random untargeted shots he fired in the hallways. He had a SHOTGUN! ... and would have had to deliberately NOT aim directly at his fellow students to ONLY hit ONE.


.

..Matt...
..Matt...

A bad guy with a gun wasn't stopped by a good guy with a gun and killed an innocent girl, completely undeterred and unmolested before he killed himself.

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

@..Matt... A good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun and saved numerous lives here that would have been lost if the shooter was not confronted with an opposing firearm. This has been Noted.

..Matt...
..Matt...

So you admit that your proposed armed security at every school in America would never prevent these armed homicidal maniacs from killing students.

Noted.

MessedUpWorld
MessedUpWorld

@DonkeyHotay @MessedUpWorld  One death is better than 20, lib-tard. You and your socialist/communist brethren can  never keep us 100% safe and anyone who claims that they can is a LIAR. If you want to live in N. Korea, i'm sure they will gladly put you to work in one of their prison camps so you can really experience what an authoritarian regime looks like. We don't want that here. And we a re not going to allow it, either. Period.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@MessedUpWorld @DonkeyHotay @stuka1 


Claire is DEAD, fatally shot within the FIRST FEW SECONDS of the incident.


The armed guard -- the one you LIED ABOUT when you first began spewing that the "gun free zone" sans guards was the cause -- was UNABLE to prevent the attack and murder of Claire.


Keep flailing and lying, you lowlife piece of shit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== lying piece of shit.


The shooter killed himself in the library before the school deputy even knew where he was.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."


Habitual FAIL.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   <-==== keep talking, all you are doing is highlighting your pathetic mental issues for everyone to see.

stuka1
stuka1

Yeah, you are too fucking stupid to see the intended irony.  So what else is new.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "trying to make sense of ... a senseless tragedy."


Epic Fail!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  Only a pig-ignorant fuckwit would troll people trying to make sense of, and deal with, a senseless tragedy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== only a pig-ignorant fuckwit like you would assert that I'm Mozart99 ... whom I disagree with 99% of the time.


Makes about as much sense as someone claiming I'm YOU, since I've agreed with you about 1% of the time.


Grow a brain, fucktard.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

 Anyone who spends any time at all reading the WW blogs can see how work your army of sock puppets. Of course, you are always stupid enough to give them all away by using several of your accounts to "like" your own posts.  Pretty stupid and no one who spends any time here at all is fooled.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mozart99 "well side [sic]"


You sure you're not a stoner? ... your meds are making you sound like one.


... can you believe that clueless fucktard sucka1 thinks that You are Me ... and I am You ??


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay   I'll do as I please, and you have no say about it.  And when what I decide to do is to kick your sorry pathetic chickenshit punk ass all over this blog, I'll do that, too. Happy to do it in person as well.  Put that in your stalker file, you chickenshit whiny pussy.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== "Me, Me, ME, ME, MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME!!!!!!!"

Fucking pathetic.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== brain-dead shitsucker who claimed Wasteword did ban me.


Censor yourself, fucknuts, and don't read my posts if they bother you so much.


You can't stop reading them, can you sucker?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  Oh, look, the LOSER pulls out mined quoted from his Stalker File.  

I have better things to do, and I absolutely do them.  And when I CHOOSE to kick your ass here because the staff of WW don't have the spine to throw your sorry ass out, I do it. Deal with it, you chickenshit whiny pussy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1



@stuka1  "I have better things to do than respond to your inane babblings [sic]."



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

"clueless fucktards like you don't get to decide the time and place for others to opine or debate"

And clueless fucktards like you don't' get to declare that reasonable people can't call you out for making a public ass out of yourself.

 

 "Don't like my posts? ... then don't read them."

 And clueless fucktards like you don't get to dictate what anyone else does on the internet. Including whether we read and respond to the tripe you post.  Grow the fuck up.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 <== clueless fucktards like you don't get to decide the time and place for others to opine or debate


Don't like my posts? ... then don't read them.


The abject FAILURE of their imaginary "god" to grant millions of their prayers is the PERFECT time to illustrate the absurdity of their SUPERSTITIOUS NONSENSE.




stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  You have no idea. But this is NOT the time or place to debate, and especially to antagonize and troll believers.  Grow the fuck up. You need serious mental help for your sorry attention-seeking issues.

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