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Colorado School Shooting: Teen Victim Dies
A Colorado student has died in hospital more than a week after she was shot by a high school classmate.
Claire Esther Davis, 17, had been in a coma since she was gunned down at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School in Centennial.
Friends and well-wishers had been posting messages online, and raising money to pay for her medical care.
Authorities say Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, entered the Arapahoe High School armed with a shotgun, a machete and three Molotov cocktails on December 13.
Officials said Pierson had been kicked off the school's debate team and apparently bore a grudge towards the team's coach.
His attack lasted just 80 seconds. He reportedly fired one bullet down a school hallway, before shooting Ms Davis, who was sitting nearby with a friend.
Pierson then turned the gun on himself and inflicted a fatal gunshot wound.
A statement posted on the Littleton Adventist Hospital's Facebook page confirmed Ms Davis' death.
"It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4.29pm (local time) this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the statement said.
"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life.
"Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families."
The hospital said that details about a public memorial service would be released later.
The shooting took place just a few miles from the site of last year's Aurora cinema shooting that left 12 people dead and scores wounded during a Batman movie screening.
The school is also located close to the scene of the 1999 Columbine shooting in which 13 were shot dead.
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