Dec 16, 2013 11:22 PM by Maddie Garrett

Arapahoe High students gather to support each other, and shooting victim

CENTENNIAL, CO- Arapahoe High School was closed Monday, and will remain that way until January 7th, but that didn't stop dozens of students from stopping by the school on Monday. 

They came to help each other heal after Friday's horrific school shooting, when 18-year-old Karl Pierson allegedly opened fire inside the school, shooting one student and then turning the gun on himself.

That student injured in the gun fire is 17-year-old Claire Davis, a senior at Arapahoe High School. On Monday, students came not only for each other, but to lift up and support Davis. A tribute to Davis now lines the south fence of the school, with signs, flowers and candles, all in honor of Davis.

"She's really liked and it's a tough thing for a young girl to go through with graduation coming up and the winter formal and so much to look forward to at such a young age," said AHS student Kirsten Triska, "It's hard to process what even happened here on Friday."

At times on Monday, there were tears. Other times students stood in silence holding one another. Triska was one of those students who came to the school, even though she said it was difficult being back on school grounds.

"No one wants to be alone, I haven't been alone since it's happened," said Triska.

Another classmate, Mackenzie Maricle, explained, "We're just trying to be together for the most part, with our friends, no one wants to be alone."

But these students are not alone. A school with more than 2,000 students appears to be closer than ever.

"You just pick up the pieces and you come here where everyone is and you stick together as a family," said Triska.

The Arapahoe High School mascot is a warrior after all. And its students are warriors as well.

"We're proud to go here," said Triska, wearing an AHS shirt.

In fact, there were a lot AHS and Warrior shirts around Centennial Monday. Students were still making a point to represent their school and show school pride.

"It's true, like, warriors really do take care of one another, we're a really close school," said Maricle.

They're taking care of one warrior in particular, senior Claire Davis. Students are hoping and praying that she'll soon wake up out of a coma.

"We're all rooting for her and we pray all the time for and we just want her to come back and be ok," said another student, Megan Sheehan.

Triska said, "There's not a day or a minute that goes by that I don't think about her and hope she wakes up."

As of Monday night, Davis's condition is unchanged, remains in a coma in critical condition at Littleton Hospital. She suffered a gun shot wound to the head at point blank range.

Support for Davis and her family has been pouring into the hospital. On  Monday, a spokesperson from the hospital sent out this request:

"Thank you all for your comments and messages for Claire and the Davis family. If you would like to make a donation, the Davis family has requested that the following organizations be supported:

• Local youth mental health awareness and support programs through the Littleton Hospital Foundation. You can also call the foundation office at 303-715-7600.

• Donations of funds or goods to TLC Meals on Wheels on Claire's behalf. You can find out more information about TLC Meals on Wheels here

Additionally, cards for Claire and the Davis family may be dropped off at the main entrance of the hospital and placed in the "Cards for Claire" box at the Information Desk. Cards may also be mailed to the hospital, at:

Claire Davis
c/o Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122

The family asks that no flowers or gifts be delivered or mailed. Thank you for your continued good thoughts and prayers for Claire."


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