Teen dies eight days after she was shot by classmate at school
A US high-school student who was shot in the head by a classmate has died, hospital officials and her family said.
Claire Davis (17) was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School in Denver on December 13.
"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," a statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital said on Saturday.
The Davis family said in a statement that they were grateful for the 17 years they had with their daughter. "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," the statement added.
Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for Claire Davis's medical care in days following the shooting.
Karl Pierson (18) shot Ms Davis, who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as Pierson, armed with a shotgun, ammunition strapped to his body, Molotov cocktails and a machete, entered the school and headed towards the library. Ms Davis appeared to be a random target.
Pierson likely intended to track down a librarian who had disciplined him, but Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Pierson's arsenal suggested he intended to hurt many others at the school just 13km from Columbine High School, the site of a 1999 massacre in which two gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher.
Pierson set off one of the incendiary devices and fired five shots before killing himself just one minute and 20 seconds after entering the building. No one else was injured.
The Arapahoe shooting came a day before the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, attack in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.