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New wave of emotion after the loss of Claire Davis

Arapahoe High School Grief Counseling

CENTENNIAL, Co. - New emotions are sweeping through Centennial after the loss Claire Davis.

She was shot in the head by a classmate. The 17-year-old fought for her life for more than a week. She died Saturday afternoon with her family at her side.

"A terrible thing has happened. A terrible price has been paid and by Gods grace and mercy we go on. We move forward," said Brad Stoltenow, Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Church near Arapahoe High School.

A whole new wave of emotion.

"As a result of Claire's unfortunate death another layer of frustration is going to be added, another layer of sadness," said Stoltenow.

As time passes, more are trying to make sense of what happened and why an innocent girl lost her life.

"Now the questions will turn from what the heck happened in our school, to questions of life after death and the fairness of things and how God handles those things, and Shepherds of the Hills is here to tackle all of those types of questions," said Stoltenow.

"My little brother was in the school at the time. There was a period of 20 or 30 minutes where I wasn't sure if he was okay are in a state of well-being. It was awful and I just felt like my stomach turns into knots," said former Arapahoe student, Alison Bailey.

"I think it's very crucial that these resources are provided. You have such a critical event that happens, and when it happens as fast as it did it's very important that the process of talking and trying to make sense out of these events happens as quickly as possible," said Stoltenow.

Right outside Arapahoe High School, former students were grieving in their own way.

"One of our classmates decided to get together and have a gathering to sing the fight song for Arapahoe and start the healing process, and make sure we're all sticking together through this difficult time. It's nice to see the support and it's beautiful but it's come out if tragedy," said former student,  Sally Vandenover.

LPS Counseling Center
Shepard of the Hills Church
Walk-in Counseling Center
7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80122
December 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, January 2, January 3
Hours: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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