Outpouring of support for Arapahoe High shooting victim

Chris Rotar
A Christmas stocking was among the many signs of support Sunday at Arapahoe High for Claire Davis, the 17-year-old student who is in critical condition after the Dec. 13 shooting at the school.
Chris Rotar
Kaylee Eastridge, an Arapahoe High junior, looks over the flowers left behind as a show of support for Claire Davis.
Chris Rotar
Papers cups were arranged to say "Pray 4 Claire" at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 15.
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They sit near each other in Spanish class, but Kaylee Eastridge says she doesn't know Claire Davis well.

"She's quiet, but she's very friendly," Eastridge, a junior at Arapahoe High School, said Sunday afternoon. "I know she has a lot of friends."

That was apparent to anyone visiting Arapahoe High on Sunday. Signs of support were everywhere for Davis, the 17-year-old who remains in critical condition at a local hospital after Friday's shooting at the school.

Between holes in the fence on the south side of the school, paper cups were arranged to say "Pray 4 Claire." Hanging from the same fence, just a few feet away, was a Christmas stocking. On the ground below rested bouquets of flowers.

It's not yet known who was behind the gestures or when they occured, but it's clear the community is united in its hope for a recovery for Davis, an Arapahoe senior.

Davis was shot in the head by Karl Pierson, an Arapahoe student, who about a minute later, killed himself. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson believes a faculty member and not Davis was the primary target, but that Pierson, 18, was prepared to kill as many people as possible.

Eastridge was in a classroom near the library when Pierson started shooting a little after 12:30 p.m. Friday. She says her emotions have run the gamut the past few days, starting with shock in the immediate aftermath.

"Yesterday was probably the worst day for me," she said Sunday, "just realizing how much danger I was in.

"Today, I'm more looking ahead, trying to be more positive, for Claire and for everyone."

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