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Karl Pierson's online image and more fallout from Arapahoe High shooting

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Update, 7:29 p.m. December 15: As the investigation into Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School continues (see our previous coverage below), the focus of so many in the Denver area and beyond is on the health of Claire Davis, the student shot by Karl Pierson before the latter took his own life.

A short time ago, Davis's family provided the latest information. At this writing, Claire is stable, but she remains in critical condition, and is currently in a coma. See the complete statement below.

As we've reported, Pierson is said to have arrived at Arapahoe High early on Friday afternoon and asked for Tracy Murphy, the librarian at the school, as well as coach for the debate team. Pierson was a member of the squad, and he and Murphy had what Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson described as a "controversy" earlier this year. However, Pierson does not appear to have been kicked off the team, as had earlier been reported.

In the beginning, reports circulated that a student was shot after confronting Pierson. But yesterday, Robinson debunked that theory, suggesting that Davis had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Davis family issued a statement yesterday thanking members of the public for their support and prayers; it's shared on the next page of this post. The latest information was just posted on the Facebook page of Littleton Adventist Hospital, where Davis was transported after the shooting. It reads:

Claire remains in critical condition. She is stable, but is in a coma.

The first responders got Claire to the right place, at the right time, and the doctors and hospital staff are doing a wonderful job taking care of her. We appreciate your continued good thoughts and prayers, and will provide updates as her condition improves.

We again ask that you respect our wishes for privacy, and refrain from contacting us, our extended family, or Claire's friends and schoolmates, as we want to ensure that only accurate information about Claire is shared.

Thank you for your continuing thoughts and prayers for Claire.

As we noted, a commonly used Twitter hashtag since the shooting has been #PrayForClaire. Another is #WarriorStrong, referencing the mascot of Arapahoe High School. Here's one of many images that have appeared of late.

Continue for our previous coverage of the Arapahoe High School shooting, including multiple photos and videos.
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