Claire Davis, the 17-year-old senior who was critically injured by a classmate during the Colorado school shooting earlier this month, died Saturday after clinging to life support for eight days.
"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," the Davis family said in a statement. "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."
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Davis was shot in the head at point-blank range on Dec. 13 when 18-year-old Karl Pierson, armed with a shotgun, a machete, extra ammunition, and Molotov cocktails, stormed through Arapahoe High School. According to the Denver Post, the girl was a random victim
as Pierson was on the hunt for a specific teacher who had disciplined him.
Pierson reportedly fired at Davis in a hallway before moving to the library where he took his own life. He was in the building for a total of one minute and 20 seconds.
Davis was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and was placed on life support soon after.
The girl's friends, family, and community all rallied for her recovery. They held candlelight vigils, raised thousands of dollars for her hospital care, tagged every tweet and Facebook message with the #PrayForClaire hashtag, and even attracted the attention of Davis' favorite band, One Direction.
Neighbors said Davis will be remembered as the best babysitter in town, and her classmates said she was always caring and kind.
"One time I remember I was upset in the hallway, and she came up to me and she just — it was like, 'Hey Maggie, I know we don't know each other well but are you doing OK?' And I told her yeah, and she was like, 'Anything you need, I'm here for you,'" classmate Maggie Hurlbut told reporters at one of the vigils. "Again, that's who she is, and she just wants to take care of others, and that was really just a good representation of her character and who she was."
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