Supporters rally around Colorado shooting victim Claire Davis

Young equestrians showed their support for Claire Davis, the lone victim of Friday’s school shooting in Colorado.
Credit: Twitter / Ali_Hickey14

Friends and supporters are rallying around Claire Davis, a 17-year-old high school senior at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., who is in critical condition after 18-year-old gunman Karl Pierson stormed her school. Davis was the lone victim of the shooting after Pierson, who police say was trying to get revenge on his debate coach, shot her in the head. He later committed suicide when an armed deputy cornered him in the library. Pierson was armed with a pump-action shotgun and a bandolier of ammunition, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, police said.

Davis’ family asked for prayers for their daughter. They said in a statement: “Our beautiful daughter Claire Davis has severe head trauma as a result of a gunshot. She needs your continued prayers.”

The family’s request has been answered: Twitter has been flooded with the hashtags #PrayForClaire and #Ride4Claire. Davis is an accomplished young equestrian and other horseback riders showed their support on social media for the teenager. Another hashtag that has been trending is #Get1DtoClaire, referring to the boy band One Dimension.

Twitter user Brayton Rogers is one of many Twitter users who painted his car to honor Davis: He wrote “Pray 4 Claire” and “Arapahoe Strong” on his car and encouraged others to do the same.

Other Twitter users wrote about wearing black to school on Monday to show their support. Davis’ classmate, Chris Davis (no relation), told ABC News that he started collecting money for the Davis family and has already amassed $4,000. He plans to make online donations possible on Monday.



Follow Andrea Park on Twitter: @andreapark


Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.


Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.


Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.


Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.


Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp


How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.