TODAY   |  December 22, 2013

Colorado high school shooting victim dies

The 17-year-old senior who was in a coma after being shot point-blank at a Colorado high school last week died Saturday with her family at her side. NBC’s Leanne Greg reports.

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>>> we have sad news to report this morning. the 17-year-old girl shot in the head by a class made when he went on a rampage at their colorado high school earlier this month has died. this morning her friends and family are celebrating her life. and here is more from leanne gregg.

>> reporter: an outpouring of love and grief as word spread. after eight days on life support , 17-year-old claire davis died saturday with her family by her side. students and friends gathered at their school to mourn.

>> i really felt like i needed to be here.

>> it's really not fair that it happened to her. just speechless.

>> reporter: claire 's doctor said she had a fighting spirit but her injuries were too severe. the davis family posted a statement saying "although we have lost our precious daughter, we will always be grateful for the indelible journey she took us on over the last 17 years."

>> i have a student down in the athletic hall.

>> reporter: police say she was shot in the head at point-blank range at arapahoe high school by carl pearson who 80 seconds after his arrival turned the gun on himself. authorities believe claire was a random victim, the intended target was likely the gunman's debate coach. since the shooting friends and well wishers have held vigils, hosted prayers and raised funds to help with claire 's medical expenses. one of her favorite medical groups, one direction, upload add get well video on youtube.

>> we heard you're a great fan.

>> reporter: so much hope for her survival and now vows that she will be remembered.

>> claire will never be forgotten.

>> reporter: leanne gregg, nbc news, near denver, colorado.