The 17-year-old Colorado student who loved horses, life and what was expected to be a promising future after graduation died Saturday from her gun injuries. Claire Davis who had been the only victim of the gunfire unleashed by shooter and fellow Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson was shot point blank in the head on December 13, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The unfortunate tragedy underscores the need for both law enforcement as well as mental health authorities to play closer attention to some of the possible triggers which set deadly shooters like 18-year-old Pierson onto their campaign pathway of evil.
There are some at the school who appeared to believe that Pierson was all consumed with the notion of creating as many victims of his mayhem as possible. He came to the school armed with, “a legally purchased 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, a machete, and three Molotov cocktails, 125 rounds of steel-shot, buckshot and slug ammunition,” according to Denver Westword.
Although Davis seemed to have had an acquaintance with the armed teenage shooter, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Pierson did not appear to have singled her out as one of his intended victims.