Claire Davis, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head during the Dec. 13 shooting at Arapahoe High School, died Saturday afternoon with her family at her side.
The high school senior died at 4:29 p.m. at Littleton Adventist Hospital after eight days on life support.
LITTLETON, Colo. – The family of a teenage girl who was shot and killed at Arapahoe High School are promising not to sue the school district over the murder of their daughter, if Littleton Public Schools agrees to a list of requests including an arbiter’s investigation.
Claire Davis was shot by a classmate inside Arapahoe High School in December 2013. She died in the hospital eight days later.
The shooter, fellow student, Karl Pierson, took his own life after shooting Claire, investigators said.
“They want to how Karl Pierson, who was known as troubled, how he fell through cracks and why he didn’t get the help he needed,” said family spokeswoman Katy Atkinson.
Davis, 17, was shot in the head by another student with a shotgun at point-blank range at the school on Dec. 13, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.
The father of a Colorado teen that killed a classmate asked for his son to be remembered as a person “who lost his way for a moment” on the same day a vigil was held to commemorate the victim on the one-year anniversary of her death.
Police say Pierson was looking for revenge against a librarian, but couldn’t find the faculty member and killed himself as a school resource officer closed in. Davis was just a random victim, police surmised, and the gunman and victim didn’t even know each other.
In Friday’s shooting, Pierson was armed with a shotgun, a bandolier stocked with ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, Robinson said. Pierson fired five shots within 1 minute and 20 seconds, he said.
But the 18-year-old senior also was filled with a rage that began to unravel when he was told he could no longer serve as a captain on his speech and debate team. His father said the entries in his diary, which was kept on a thumb drive and hidden in his car, began to show a downward spiral that neither he nor his ex-wife could have imagined.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School by 18-year-old Karl Pierson likely was motivated by retaliation against a librarian at the school.
Robinson said that it appeared the librarian was the initial target but that the gunman planned to hurt multiple people.
He said the teen bought the pump-action shotgun legally Dec. 6 at a local store.
Anyone over 18 is allowed to buy a shotgun in Colorado; only those over 21 can legally buy a handgun.
The gunman, Karl Pierson, intended to kill another person in the school but fired randomly hitting 17-year-old Claire Davis at close range. He then killed himself. Claire Davis died December 21, 2013.