The life of Claire Davis will be celebrated next week with a memorial.
The 17-year-old was killed Dec. 13 in a shooting at Arapahoe High School. She was the only person shot before authorities say the shooter turned his gun on himself.
Claire survived a week in a coma, and passed away Dec. 21.
Many who knew her spoke of Claire's love of horses. She competed in a horse show during the 2013 National Western Events Center, and was scheduled to again in 2014.
The leaders of the National Western Stock Show has joined with Claire's family to put together a public memorial. The celebration of life will be held Jan. 1 at the National Western Events Center, located on 4655 Humboldt Street in Denver. It starts at 1 p.m.
Tickets will be available to the public Friday beginning at 10 a.m. There is no charge, but anyone wishing to attend must get one.
Tickets will be available at nationalwestern.com or the National Western Box Office.
The family and the National Western Stock Show issued a joint statement. Below is an excerpt:
The 108th National Western Stock Show in January will be honoring Claire Davis by naming a horse show in her honor. The popular Hunter and Jumper event known as the Gambler's Choice will be named the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler's Choice Horse Show for the 2014 National Western. A moment of silence will be observed for Claire prior to all ticketed horse show events in the Events Center at this year's Stock Show. In addition, the Events Center will don a large yellow ribbon in memory of Claire Davis throughout the Stock Show, from January 11-26.
Paul Andrews, President/CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex stated, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family at this difficult time. Claire's passion and love of horses and competition embodied what we deeply value at the National Western Stock Show. She was an excellent equestrian and a great example for all youth in the world with her positive attitude and leadership. We are honored to help celebrate her life through the numerous horse show events during our 2014 Show."
"The National Western does a wonderful job of supporting young equestrians, like Claire. We're so appreciative that they've agreed to host this special celebration of Claire's life and for everything they're doing to honor Claire's memory," said Desiree Davis.
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