(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Saturday night Arapahoe High School students and friends held a vigil for victim Claire Davis.

Saturday afternoon Claire’s family made a statement saying that she was still in critical condition and in need of prayers.

A group of her friends, classmates and community members rallied together to hold a vigil for her.

Together they stood in the cold bonded by the tragedy.

“I think it really helps everyone grieve,” said student Jackie Saling.

Hundreds of people turned out show their support and to pray for 17-year-old Claire.

Saling says her and her classmates are turning to each other for support.

“We’re always together and take care of one another but after that we are more bonded as a school,” said Saling.

Some of them held pictures of Claire while others chanted the school’s fight song.

“I don’t even want to be alone to be able to think about what happened,” said Saling.

While the evening was about staying strong for one of their own it was also about the road ahead.

“Just pretty much to get closure out of all this it’s been very overwhelming the past 24 hours,” said student Heidi Fehrer.

Also held Saturday night was a support group for members of the Arapahoe High School speech and debate team that the suspect, Karl Pierson, was a member of.

Those who turned out said it was an opportunity for them to be with each other as well.


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