The parents of Arapohoe High gunman Karl Pierson, Barbara and Mark Pierson, have released a statement, saying they  ”cannot begin to understand why Karl did what he did.”

The 18-year-old senior entered the school with a shotgun Friday and shot two fellow students before killing himself.

The statement says the family is “devastated” by the shooting and are praying for victim Claire Davis, who remains in a coma as of Monday. They also asked for privacy in order to grieve.

The full statement:


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“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.”