Family of Arapahoe High shooting victim Claire Davis releases statement

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Claire Davis, 17, died of injuries suffered in the shooting. (Credit: Davis family)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Following the death Saturday afternoon of Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis, her family released the following statement.

“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.”

With much loving-kindness,
The Davis Family



  • Tricia McFarland

    Tricia McFarland As I sit with tears running down my cheeks, for the girl I did not know I openly weep. I prayed long and hard that Claire Davis would heal, but the Lord took her home today and this is how I feel. I feel a sadness deep in my heart, for Claire, her friends and family as to why they should part. For this young girl Colorado does weep, why we wonder why the violence is so deep. So much senseless violence in our world today. Our youth is being so violently taken away. If she was her what do you think she would say? I say she would wonder how our world has gotten this way. And she would comfort her parents, family and friends, telling them this is far from the end. Love your children be involved in what they do, because you never know when this might hit you, No more young lives lost in this way I say, as I watch Claire ride on the horses she so loved, I pray someone will stand up and say, no more violence for our children lets pray. Sgt. Tricia McFarland

  • itslisaw

    Very Touching & True! I ask myself why the world is so violent today..Why are people so angry and why don’t they talk to someone? Why don’t people get involved with and listen to their children when they are having issues. I think our Society has gotten Self Absorbed and some people just don’t care to be Proper Parents. I don’t know the Shooters Parents, but knowing where your Children are, what they are doing or planning to do is what a Parent is supposed to know. Being involved in a kids life is crucial to their Social Development. It shows you care and want to be a good parent!

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