Nation & World News

17-Year-Old Colorado School Shooting Victim Claire Davis Dies

By Greg Henderson on December 23rd, 2013

The teenager shot in the head by a classmate at a high school outside Denver died Saturday after being hospitalized for eight days.

Claire Davis, 17, was shot at point blank range with a shotgun on Dec. 13 and had been hospitalized in critical condition.

“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,” Littleton Adventist Hospital announced in a statement on its Facebook page. “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.”

Police say by Karl Pierson, 18, entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Dec. 13 armed with a shotgun, reportedly targeting a staff member, whom he did not encounter.

Police have said Davis was likely a random target. Pierson shot himself to death less than two minutes after shooting Davis.

Arapaho High School is just a few miles from Columbine High, site of a 1999 mass shooting. And Davis was shot on the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The Davis family released a statement later Saturday noting “with unspeakable sadness” Claire’s death, but also thanking the community for its support.

“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,” the statement read in part. The family’s entire statement can be found on the hospital’s Facebook page.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Nebraska Governor’s Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal Sets Up Override Vote

Thirty votes are needed in the state’s unicameral Legislature to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto. The vote is expected to be close.


A man walks along a section of the Blanco River on Tuesday where sweeping flood waters overturned vehicles and knocked down trees in Wimberley, Texas.

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

At least 17 people have died as a result of severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.


Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients’ behalf.


After news broke in March of a private Facebook page that collected nude photos of women, protesters gathered outside Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State. The school has banned the chapter for three years.

Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

Penn State has shut down the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women uncovered other transgressions.


FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village of Dura al-Qari near the West Bank city of Ramallah last week.

6 Top World Soccer Officials Arrested In Switzerland On U.S. Corruption Charges

The six are officials with FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. They are accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks over two decades.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments