R.I.P. Claire Davis

Arapahoe high school student Claire Davis has died of her shooting injuries. Her family released this statement:

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that a 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.

An accomplished equestrian, in March, Claire came in first in the Col. R.L. Robertson Medal Entries, riding her horse Graphite Gran Grannus. Here's a list of her placements.

How very sad. R.I.P. Claire. Our condolences to her family and friends.

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    My heart suddenly feels heavy (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by christinep on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 07:55:17 PM EST
    My prayers for her family....my thoughts for her community.

    That's a punch to the gut. So very senseless. (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by magster on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 08:24:19 PM EST

    Rest in peace? (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by the capstan on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 09:16:22 PM EST
    I am not sure what that means for Claire;  I hope that her parents can eventually rest peacefully at night.

    I suppose I feel a bit contrary tonight: tomorrow I go to a discussion group (at the church, they tend to call it a Sunday School class) where some have already aired opposition about the 'right' to abortion.  I intend to suggest walking a mile in another's shoes before judging the 'fallen' teen or the mother who knows she is carrying a 'defective' baby.  I know Tracy dearly loves her son, as I do my 56-year-old daughter.  We have fought for them in every way possible.  But not everyone is born so determined nor has the resources we have called on.  (And I TRY not to judge the young woman who left my delightful son-in-law in the hospital at birth.)

    I wonder what I will say--or not say--tomorrow?


    Please say something to them. (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 09:48:11 PM EST
    Further, make them as uncomfortable as you've had to be, as you tell them politely how you've been listening to and suffering their judgmental opinions about others for who knows how long, and it's now causing you no small amount of personal reflection as you re-examine your own relationship with them.

    Trust me, it'll be the best Christmas gift they'll receive from anyone or anywhere this season -- a genuine personal experience with the human condition, with an actual opportunity to show some real empathy.

    And if they reject you, well, they're probably not worth any more of your time, and you're better off keeping your own counsel. The only way they'll learn is when enough people turn their backs to them and walk away.

    Take care. Aloha.


    I know guns don't kill people; people kill people. (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by oculus on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 11:44:12 PM EST

    People (none / 0) (#9)
    by lentinel on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 09:50:07 AM EST
    kill people with guns.

    guns don't cause the shooters' rage (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:50:01 AM EST
    They are the means by which they express it. If they didn't have access to guns, they'd use explosives or something else, potentially doing far more damage. Had  Karl Pierson detonated all three of his molotov cocktails or used his machete, there would likely be many more casualties.

    OK then. (none / 0) (#12)
    by lentinel on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 04:12:42 AM EST
    Guns don't cause shooters rage.
    They are the means by which they express it.

    Firstly, I'm not sure that the ease with which people can obtain guns does not contribute to the rage that the shooters ultimately express. If they have a gun sitting there, and begin thinking about all the ways they have been slighted or mistreated, it is so easy to pack it. Easier, in my opinion, that putting together a molotov cocktail. The thing is there, you put a bullet in it, and you're ready to go. Along with ample instruction available from innumerable tv shows. That's what the shows mostly offer. Killing via guns.

    However, I will agree with you, I must agree with you that someone who is dedicated to killing with find some other way.

    My question would then be: Why does it happen that people are using guns to kill people in the USA to a much greater degree than they do in other countries? If "shooters' rage" is the cause, why is there so much of it here - and is there nothing we can do about it?


    If it (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by lentinel on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 09:56:46 AM EST
    is possible to say so, my heart is filled with anger.

    I simply see no passion on the part of anyone in government to make these seemingly never-ending murders less possible.

    Gun controls?
    Forget it.

    There isn't even much emphasis on education - a blitz equivalent to the campaign to make people aware of the dangers of cigarettes.

    Of course there is sadness.
    But that doesn't seem to lead to action.

    Very, very sad news. RIP Ms. Davis. (none / 0) (#1)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 07:42:32 PM EST

    Very, very sad news. RIP Ms. Davis. (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 07:42:42 PM EST

    The Arapahoe High School Band (none / 0) (#4)
    by Peter G on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 08:09:17 PM EST