Supporters in Colorado, across internet hold out hope for Arapahoe High victim Claire Davis
DENVER — As 17-year-old Claire Davis remained in a coma Sunday, two days after a shooting at Arapahoe High School, people around the state and across the internet searched for ways to show their support.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Davis family at Littleton Adventist Hospital for a second time on Sunday morning, a spokesman said. He spent a short time with the victim’s parents, but was not able to see Claire.
In a statement Sunday evening, the Davis family said Claire was stable but in critical condition.
“The first responders got Claire to the right place, at the right time, and the doctors and hospital staff are doing a wonderful job taking care of her,” the statement read. “We appreciate your continued good thoughts and prayers, and will provide updates as her condition improves.”
Meanwhile, participants in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association horse show in Sedalia showed their support with purple ribbons and other items on Sunday. Davis is a member of the youth equestrian sports group, a member said.
Numerous vigils, rallies and prayer gatherings around Centennial were also set for Sunday. On Saturday, about 500 people attended a candlelight vigil near the school.
But the support wasn’t limited to Colorado. On Twitter, thousands of people jumped aboard the #Get1DtoClaire effort. The campaign aims to bring the English-Irish pop band One Direction, of which Davis is a fan, to her bedside.
It was not clear just how realistic the effort was, or if the band had responded.
Davis was shot at close range during Friday’s shooting. Police believe a fellow senior at the school, 18-year-old Karl Pierson, launched the suicide attack because he was angry at a school staff member.
Davis was the only victim hurt in the incident.
— Ali Hickey (@Ali_Hickey14) December 15, 2013