December 22, 2013 12:06 am -

APphoto_Colorado School ShootingSadly, this news was not unexpected given the downbeat reports from the previous few days. But hey, it’s all about second amendment anti-tyranny from my cold dead hands freedom:

Claire Davis, the 17-year-old who was shot in the head by a classmate at Arapahoe High School, died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:20 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side,” the Littleton Adventist Hospital wrote on its Facebook page.

“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.”

Davis was shot at point-blank range by Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, who then turned the gun on himself. Pierson had reportedly been searching for his debate coach when he entered the school Dec. 13.

Since the shooting, the community has rallied around Davis, with Twitter users taking up the hashtag #PrayForClaire.

About 500 students held a candlelight vigil outside the school the day after the shooting, where they had inserted flowers into a chain-link fence to form the message “4 CLAIRE.”

Earlier Saturday, members of Millbrook Equestrian, hosted a day of activities in honor of Davis, who was active in the horseback riding community, according to the Denver Channel’s website.

The announcement of Davis’ death comes just two days after students were allowed back on the Centennial, Colo., campus for the first time since the shooting to retrieve belongings.

According to the hospital’s Facebook page, a public celebration of Claire’s life will be announced later. The hospital will continue to accept cards for the Davis family in the “Cards for Claire” box at its main entrance.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.