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Claire Davis' father asked people to forgive the fellow student who shot and killed his 17-year-old daughter at Arapahoe High School.
It was an amazing and generous request to make at a celebration of Claire's life on New Year's Day at the National Western Livestock Show complex in Denver.
The request was all the more stunning because Michael Davis invoked the name of his daughter's killer -- 18-year-old Karl Pierson. Many people, including public officials, have refused say Pierson's name publicly, saying they didn't want to give another school shooter any notoriety. Pierson took his own life after shooting 17-year-old Claire with a shotgun in a school hallway on Dec. 13.
"The young man that shot Claire had a name. His name was Karl Pierson," the father said at the memorial. "For reasons most of us, or all of us, will never know, Karl allowed himself to become filled with anger and rage and hatred.
"We would like to ask you to join us and honor Claire by forever showing compassion, forgiveness, inducing whatever is within your power to reach out to those around you that might need the light of your love to help guide them to through the darkness," he said.