The parents of Karl Pierson, the 18-year-old student who police say opened fire at his Colorado high school on Friday, critically injuring 17-year-old Claire Davis before turning the gun on himself, released this statement Monday:
“We are shattered by the tragic events that took place on Friday at Arapahoe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with Claire Davis and her family. They, and she, have suffered unimaginably, and we pray for her full recovery. We also pray for the entire Arapahoe High School community, as we know your lives are forever changed by this horrific event.
As parents, we loved our son Karl dearly and we are devastated by what happened Friday. We cannot begin to understand why Karl did what he did. We ask for privacy during this unthinkably difficult time and hope that you will respect our need for time to grieve.”
Barbara and Mark Pierson’s son Karl was a senior at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. He was found dead inside a classroom after the shooting on Dec. 13 , apparently of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Davis is currently in a coma at Littleton Adventist Hospital.