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Cheerleaders Selling Shirts To Raise Money For Arapahoe Shooting Victim

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All proceeds from the sale of this shirt will go to Claire Davis' hospital bills. (Credit: KCNC)

Students from a rival school have found a way to support the 17-year-old victim in the Arapahoe High School shooting.

Claire Davis remains in a coma after suffering severe head trauma as a result of a gunshot wound. She was the only person the gunman shot before taking his own life less than two minutes later.

The Thunder Ridge High School cheerleading squad are selling custom-made t-shirts to raise money for Claire's hospital bills.

The idea was the brainchild of Thunder Ridge teacher and cheerleading coach Mandy Martinez, who told sister station KCNC she's friends with one of Arapahoe's cheerleading coaches.

"Thinking about her girls that she coaches and the emotions she must have been going through. I can’t imagine anything happening to one of my kids,” Martinez said to KCNC.

The cheerleaders have sold more than 600 of the "Colorado Strong" shirts. Buyers include several Denver-area law enforcement agencies, who tweeted their enthusiasm about the project to the squad.

"WRPD will proudly wear our shirts in support of #COStrong4Claire," the Wheat Ridge Police Department tweeted.

"We're ready to be stylish for #COstrong4Claire," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

The squad's goal is to raise $15,000 to help pay Claire's hospital bills.

The cheerleading squad is taking orders through noon Tuesday. If you'd like to buy a shirt, just send a tweet to the Thunder Ridge cheerleaders (Twitter handle: TR Varsity Cheer) or email Coach Martinez at coachmartinez11@gmail.com. Shirts cost $25 and can be picked up at Thunder Ridge High School on Saturday.


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