Dec 23, 2013 1:16 AM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
The memorial for Claire Davis, the 17-year-old student who died on Saturday from wounds sustained during the December 13 shooting at Arapahoe High School, grew on Sunday as members of the Centennial community dropped off tokens of sympathy in front of the school.
A steady stream of people walked the sidewalk in front of Arapahoe High School, viewing the flowers and notes left by students and other members of the community.
"Thinking about the family since it is around Christmas time, I just wanted to say a prayer about it," Mariana Boughton explained. "That they'd be OK during the holiday season."
Whether they knew Claire Davis or not didn't matter, many said they just needed to come to the school to offer their condolences.
"All of my kids will one day come here and I think it's really affected them even though they're younger," described Paula Travis, who brought her daughters with her to view the memorial. "It's just heartbreaking and I think my girls just needed to go through the process of just doing something."
Balloons, flowers, posters, stuffed animals, candles and other tokens offering support to the Davis family almost completely cover the fence in front of the school. Some from Arapahoe High students, some from across the state and many from across the country.
"It's just really nice to see not only a community, but an entire state coming together just to honor her," said high school student Kiera Butler. "It's tragic and no school should have to go through it, but the fact that the whole state is here just for one school, it's really amazing."
The community had rallied to support Claire Davis as she struggled with her wounds, there were prayer vigils almost everyday since the shooting.
"It was so heartbreaking to know that there was so much that we did and that wasn't enough to save someone else," explained Jenica Knight, a former Arapahoe High School student.
Though there was grief, there was also certainty that the community would stand together to get through the difficult times ahead.
"Warrior pride is more than just warrior pride, it's all about being warrior family," said Galinda Knight, Jenica's mother. "That's what everything has been about here at this school."
The family of Claire Davis has partnered with the Denver Foundation to create the Arapahoe High School Community Fund in Claire's honor. The fund will offer support for "mental health care, anti-bullying programs, and other community needs." Information on donating to the fund can be found at http://www.denverfoundation.org/.
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