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.
Seventeen year-old equestrian Claire Davis died Saturday afternoon, according to a statement released by the hospital. Davis was wounded during the Colorado school shooting on December 13 at Arapahoe High School.
The following message was posted on the hospital’s Facebook page.
It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side. 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. Claire’s death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families.
The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community. They know that you all are mourning with them, and again request privacy during this time of grief.
Information regarding a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced at a future date. Please feel free to continue to leave cards for the Davis family in the Cards for Claire box, located within the main entrance of the hospital.
Davis was shot in the head at point-blank range by a lone school shooter before he turned the gun on himself. She was rushed to Littleton Adventist Hospital where she underwent surgery, but remained in a coma. Davis’ courageous fight ended after eight days in critical condition. Her family was by her side.
The Davis family thanked the community for its support and asked for privacy as they grieve. “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,” read the family’s statement. “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.”
Davis, reportedly a fan of the group One Direction, received a message from the boy band after friends set out to get the group’s attention on Twitter. The video shows singer Liam Payne wishing Davis well with his band members around him.
“Hi, Claire. We’ve heard you were a big fan and we just wanted to show you some love,” Payne said. “What’s happened to you is absolutely terrible, something we can’t bear thinking about, so we just wanted to share some love with you. All our prayers are with you and your family. Hope you get well soon. Lots of love.”
A message posted on Davis’ Facebook page talks about her brave fight.
I love you gorgeous, Rest In Paradise, you will always be with me no matter what. You will always be in my heart. Every memory that we have together I will never forget. I’ll see you in the future beautiful. You fought like a warrior. I love you forever and always.
If you would like to leave a message for the Davis family, sign Claire Davis’ guest book
and read her online obituary. This is a permanent record for her family. We will post funeral information as it becomes available.