School shooting victim dies

By Ashley Southall / New York Times News Service

Published Dec 22, 2013 at 12:01AM

A Colorado high school student who was shot in the head on Dec. 13 by a schoolmate died on Saturday afternoon, her family and hospital officials said.

The victim, Claire Davis, 17, had been in critical condition since the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, a suburb of Denver.

“It is with unspeakable sadness that we write and say that Claire has passed away from the gunshot wound she received,” her family said in a statement. “We ask that you give us time to grieve the death of our daughter by respecting our wishes for privacy.”

Littleton Adventist Hospital, where Davis had been in a coma, said she died about 4:30 p.m. with her family by her side.

Davis, a senior, was sitting near a school entrance when Karl H. Pierson, 18, fired a shotgun five times, hitting Davis in the head before killing himself. She was not a planned target, the authorities have said.