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Community Mourns Victim Of Arapahoe High Shooting

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Community members are remembering and mourning Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis, who passed away Saturday afternoon.

Claire Davis was the sole shooting victim in the Arapahoe High School shooting. She passed away at 4:29 p.m. on Saturday in the hospital with her family by her side.

There has been an outpouring of support from the community for Claire and her family.

“We’re warrior strong, and we take care of each other and definitely rally around all this,” said Arapahoe High alumni Matt Hermsen.

Hermsen has been wearing his Arapahoe High School letterman jacket from the year 2000 as a sign of support.

“We all had hope that she would make it. I was definitely not giving up hope for recovery,” said Hermsen.

Davis was a 17-year-old senior at Arapahoe High and was getting ready to graduate in the spring.

“All this past week we have been sad regarding what happened at Arapahoe a week ago Friday. Our hearts hurt,” said Senior Pastor Brad Stolte from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Centennial.

Stolte lead a special prayer on Sunday for Claire and her family.

“We are mourning with them. We are sad with them. On behalf of Shepherd of the Hills we offer a message of comfort that comes from God,” said Stolte.

While the community continues to mourn Claire, Hermsen said he will always hold her close to his heart.

“It’s not goodbye. It’s not goodbye forever. It’s goodbye until we meet again, so that comforts me a little bit knowing she’s up in heaven with God,” said Hermsen.

Stolte says the church’s doors will always be open for anyone who needs support through this difficult time.

Claire’s family has not released details on a memorial service yet.

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