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Grieving for Claire Davis and Arapahoe High School

By Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 12:06:20 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 12:25:11 AM CST

The Arapahoe Community has been gathering to reflect, remember and mourn for Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -

The Arapahoe Community has been gathering to reflect, remember and mourn for Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis. The memorial is growing after people found out the 17-year-old died on Saturday.

Claire Davis was a senior at Arapahoe High School. A classmate shot her on December 13. Claire was in critical condition until she passed away with her family by her side.

Grief counseling from Littleton Public Schools this week hopes to help the entire community.  

Wind chimes and a little traffic is all you can hear outside Arapahoe High School as group after group pays tribue to the school and one of its own, Claire Davis, who left this world too soon.

“I’ve been here every night since the shooting and it’s a way I can make peace with it,” said Arapahoe High junior Allison Bruhn.

Students and the rest of the community can begin to heal by talking with grief counselors at the Shepherd of the Hills Church 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, January 2, and January 3. It’s a place to share emotios and reflect on the girl who touched so many hearts.

“Everybody needs healing and everybody’s going through something,” said Bruhn.

“Whether you talk to the counselors or go there to see friends who’ve gone through the same situation and sharing stories. It can be really helpful,” said Arapahoe High senior Anna White.

Other students from other schools feel the same way, especially Kiera Butler who lost her best friend two years ago.

“I know from my friend’s passing it wasn’t easy and having my friends there and the community, it made it easier to have the support of others,” said Butler, a Chaparral High sophomore.

“What they need is a place to feel safe and feel like they can express their emotions,” said Kent Denver School senior Julia Hickey.

If students and others don’t want to talk to grief counselors, they can go to the memorial outside Arapahoe High School. It’s a place for them to stand side by side and know that they are not alone.

“I can pray for my school and Claire's family,” said Bruhn.

Students haven’t been back to class since that horrible day.

“Even thought we didn’t get to go to school and we didn’t get to go to class, we still have a reason to come to school and to praty for everyone around us,” said White.

They are all praying to stay ‘Arapahoe Strong’.

“Warriors always take care of one another,” said Bruhn.

Here’s the grief counseling information:

LPS Counseling Center
Shepard of the Hills Church
Walk-in Counseling Center
7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122
December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, January 2, January 3
Hours: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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