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Colo. school shooting victim Claire Davis in a coma

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email
In a statement posted on the Littleton Adventist Hospital Facebook page, the family said: "Claire remains in critical condition. She is stable, but is in a coma."

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Littleton, CO. (ABC) -- Claire Davis, the 17-year-old Colorado girl shot critically injured in the shooting at her high school, is in a coma, her family said tonight.

In a statement posted on the Littleton Adventist Hospital Facebook page, the family said: "Claire remains in critical condition. She is stable, but is in a coma."

Davis, a senior at Arapahoe High School, was critically wounded when she was shot at point blank range by Karl Pierson on Friday. She suffered severe head trauma in the shooting, according to the hospital.

Pierson, 18, was armed with a shotgun, machete and had Molotov cocktails in his backpack, police said.

According to police, Pierson was seeking "revenge" on the school's debate team instructor, Tracy Murphy, who had dropped him from the team.

The girl's family said she has gotten good care and asked for privacy.

"The first responders got Claire to the right place, at the right time, and the doctors and hospital staff are doing a wonderful job taking care of her," she statement said. "We appreciate your continued good thoughts and prayers, and will provide updates as her condition improves.

"We again ask that you respect our wishes for privacy, and refrain from contacting us, our extended family, or Claire's friends and schoolmates, as we want to ensure that only accurate information about Claire is shared."

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said when the shooter came upon her as he was looking for his intended target, Davis did not have a chance to escape.

"She is an innocent young lady, and she was an innocent victim of an evil act of violence," Robinson said. "She probably was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Officials at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Colo., told ABCNews.com that Davis was still in at the hospital today.

As Davis remains in the hospital, her classmates have rallied around her.

A fellow senior Chris Davis, who is not related to Claire Davis, started to collect donations on behalf of her family.

Chris Davis said in the last 48 hours he has already collected $4,000 and plans to make online donations possible on Monday. The senior decided to put together the fund as a way to cope with the violent events of the week.

"Me and a couple of my friends, we wanted to see how we could help ourselves and we thought we could help others by doing donations," Chris Davis told ABCNews.com

Although he said did not know the 17-year-old victim personally, he said he often saw her since her locker was near his.

Claire Davis is an avid rider and one of the biggest donors to the fund was a local riding club, according to Chris Davis.

"They were definitely thinking of her," he said. According to the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association website, Davis placed second this year in her age division.

On Saturday hundreds of students held a candlelight vigil in part to support Davis. The teens sang their school song, said prayers and allowed each other to speak. On Twitter, friends and supporters posted messages of support with the hashtag #prayersforclaire.

"As long as we're together we'll get through it," Chris Davis said.

But some friends of the girl said they are still trying to come to terms with the violence that left her in the hospital.

"We've been still been struggling. My friends have all been struggling," said Summer Skryzpek, a friend of Davis and a fellow senior. "She was a loving girl and that's all really."


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