In tragic news today, the 17-year-old Colorado shooting victim Claire Davis of Arapahoe High school, died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials confirms.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:20 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side,” the Littleton Adventists Hospital wrote 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.”
Davis was shot at point-blank range by Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, who then took his on life. Pierson had reportedly been searching for his debate coach when he entered the school.
The ongoing support of Claire Davis was evident as people around the world prayed for her recovery. Twitter users even took up the hash tag #PrayForClaire, becoming a trending topic on the social media site.
Her classmates also held a candlelight vigil that consisted of approximately 500 students the day after the shooting outside their school, where they formed flowers in a sequence that spelled out the message “4 CLAIRE.”
Earlier Saturday, members of Millbrook Equestrian, hosted a day of activities in honor of Davis, who was active in the horseback riding community, according to the Denver Channel’s website per LATimes.
The announcement of the death of Davis comes just two days after students were finally allowed back on the campus for the first time since the shootings to retrieve their belongings.
Her family was at her side at the time of death hospital officials say. Her family thanked the community for its ongoing support and asked that they give the family privacy during this tumultuous time as they grieve the death of their daughter.
They added that they felt “truly blessed” to have been Claire’s parents.