Claire Davis’ parents shared a powerful message at a Jan. 1 funeral service for their teen, who was shot in the head at Colorado’s Arapahoe High School in Dec. The family asked the public to ‘forgive’ the teen shooter, Karl Pierson, as they have, and hold back judgement, as ‘he didn’t know what he was doing.’
Claire Davis‘ parents Desiree and Michael Davis publicly mourned their daughter, 17, at a Jan. 1 funeral memorial service, and shared a message of peace and understanding for their daughter’s killer, Karl Pierson, 18. Claire’s dad even revealed his daughter’s “poignant and profound” last words: and shared the emotional exchange she had with Karl before he opened fire, killing himself on Dec. 13.
Claire Davis Funeral: Parents Of Arapahoe High School Victim ‘Forgive’ Killer
Claire’s dad was emotional but remarkably filled with forgiveness as he spoke at a public service in memory of the teen school shooting victim.
“My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did. We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson,” Michael Davis said at his daughter’s New Year’s Day memorial service, remembering the student who shot his daughter and then himself. “He didn’t know what he was doing. Karl is no longer with us, so it’s no longer our responsibility to pass judgment. As each of us will do one day, Karl has faced the infinite alone.”
Claire’s family treated their daughter’s shooter with compassion and incredible understanding. “The young man that shot Claire had a name. His name was Karl Pierson,” Michael said.
The family has come to accept that the teen was not himself, and had instead “allowed himself to become filled with anger, rage and hatred. … The fact is that Karl was so blinded by his emotions he didn’t know what he was doing.”
Claire Davis’ Last Words Reveal Compassion For Shooter Karl Pierson
Claire died on Dec. 22 after remaining in a coma since the Dec. 13 school shooting. Claire’s dad explained that his daughter’s last words before getting shot in the head at point-blank range were “Oh my gosh, Karl, what are you doing?”
“The fact is that Karl was so blinded by his emotions he didn’t know what he was doing,” Michael explained. “In her most innocent and precious way, Claire tried to shine a light on Karl’s darkness.”
Our thoughts remain with Claire’s family at this difficult time.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski