She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And now Claire Davis, the 17-year-old girl who was shot a week ago at Colorado's Arapahoe High School, has died in hospital from her wounds.
Other than the gunman – 18-year-old Karl Pierson, who killed himself after loosing arbitrary shots in the 80-second rampage – Davis was the only person wounded in the shooting that took place mere miles from Columbine High. She was shot in the head by a pump-action shotgun. Police said that Pierson did not appear to know her, and that her shooting – now, her death – was random.
Perhaps sadder still is that it appears there were real hopes she could have made it. She was hospitalized and put into a coma, but her condition was described as "critical but stable." It became clear that matters were worse when a family update suggested things were "very critical" not long before she succumbed Saturday in the late afternoon – the heartbreaking end to a day where vigils were being held to pray for her recovery.
Davis was remembered as a "spunky and bright" girl who loved horses and the band One Direction, who were among the many who offered shows of support.
Saddened by the news about Claire Davis. Her family must be crushed to have to bury her during the holiday season. Senseless killing.— Keith White (@Keethers) December 22, 2013
And then I think of Claire Davis and her family and I am reminded that there are more important things.— Nicki Graham (@Grahamalam) December 22, 2013
This Christmas honor Claire Davis by putting a gold ribbon on your tree as a reminder of who she was, and the legacy she left.— 3Girls (@PovertyNoLonger) December 22, 2013
Rest in peace, Claire Davis. You will not be forgotten. Enough is enough. pic.twitter.com/lJBmtOlUee— Austen Wagner (@AustenWagner26) December 22, 2013
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