Bells Ring Throughout Tucson to Mark Anniversary of Giffords Shooting

Sunday, 08 Jan 2012 01:30 PM

 

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A of couple dozen people showed up at a Tucson Safeway to lay out flowers and light candles to mark one year since a gunman shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people.

And churches and homes throughout the southern Arizona city rang bells at 10:11 a.m. Mountain time today, marking the exact moment the gunman shot Giffords and methodically moved down a line of people waiting to talk to her during a congressional meet-and-greet on Jan. 8, 2011.

Six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl born on Sept. 11, 2001, and a federal judge. Thirteen others were shot, including Giffords.

Giffords, who has undergone a year of grueling therapy and who visited the Safeway on Saturday with her husband, plans to appear at an evening candlelight vigil. An interfaith service is also planned.

Jared Lee Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the shooting. He is being forcibly medicated in prison in a bid to make him mentally fit for trial.

 

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