One Year Anniversary of the Deadly and Tragic Shooting in Tucson.

Tucson, AZ: On Saturday, January 8th, 2011; a man carrying a gun went on a shooting rampage during a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson, Arizona killing 6 people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

A year after that tragic shooting in Tucson; thousands of people came together at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona for a candlelight and memorial vigil in remembrance of those who lost their lives on that tragic day and to give thanks to those who saved people’s lives on the tragic day.

Survivors, community leaders, and friends and families of the victims in that shooting united together on stage to share their memories of Retirees Phyllis Schneck, Dorothy Morris, and Dorwan Stoddard, U.S. District Court Judge John Roll, Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, and 9 year old Christina-Taylor Green whose lives were lost by the hands of a man with a gun in his hands and hate on his mind.

Suzi Hileman took 9 year old Christina-Taylor Green to meet U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords that day, walked onto the stage, gave U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords a hug, and lighted a candle in remembrance of her young friend whose life was cut so very short by a man with hate.

A young girl, who wanted to meet her congresswomen and learn more about how government works, lost her life because of a man with a gun started shooting at people at the Tucson Safeway Grocery Store.

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in the head during the shooting; Giffords was sent to the University of Arizona Medical Center where doctors and nurses worked round the clock to treat Giffords and victims from the shooting.

Giffords was later sent to Memorial Hermann- Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas where she had surgery to replace skull bone.

On Monday, August 1st, 2011; U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords returned to Washington, DC during the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Debt Limit Agreement and was embraced by colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives.

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords united the crowed in the Pledge of Allegiance which many in the crowd cheered at Giffords when she said the words, “…with Liberty and Justice for All!”

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords held her husband and former astronaut Mark Kelly’s hands on stage than lit the first candle followed by shooting survivors and family members.

As the candles burned, colored glow sticks waved in the crowd showing their love for those whose lives were cut so very short that day.

Mark Kelly says everyday heroes who emerged from a deadly Tucson shooting one year ago show that alongside human frailty, there is also strength.

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, who is Giffords’ rabbi, closed the event with a prayer, and the local Tucson band Calexico performed ending the memorial vigil.

According to the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama called U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords last Sunday to offer his support and told Giffords the he and the first lady are keeping her, the families of those killed, and the whole Tucson community in their thoughts and prayers.

The shooter, 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is under treatment at a prison health facility.

A judge set a deadline of Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 for the psychologist who is treating Jared Lee Loughner to hand in her latest report on efforts to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

Jared Lee Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the shooting rampage in Tucson.

Our thoughts, our prayers, and our hearts will always go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

May we never forget those who came to save lives that tragic day and thank them for their service to their community.

United We Stand Together As One!

Peace and Love Everybody.
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You can watch the candlelight and memorial vigil event on the Arizona Public Media’s website at:

http://www.azpm.org/news/story/2012/1/9/1616-view-jan-8-2012-candlelight-vigil/
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(Map Was Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth)

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