Claire Davis, the 17 year old shot at Arapahoe High School in Colorado on Dec. 13 died Saturday surrounded by her family. She
was shot in the head by an 18 year old classmate looking to kill his debate coach. A beautiful child. Dead. My heart breaks.
As the mother of a child that age, I can’t even imagine such grief. My mind tries to imagine it, but backs away as if getting too close to a flame. My mind is protecting me from a grief I might not be able to bear.
My first thoughts were of her parents. I tried to envelop them with my prayers to provide some level of comfort, and yet I realize that it’s small comfort indeed. Her parents had the grace to issue the following statement:
Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received… .