Crime

Arizona Commemorates the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting One Year Later

Over the weekend Arizona residents commemorated what has come to be known as the "Tucson Tragedy;" the day Jared Lee Loughner opened fire outside a Tucson Safeway killing six and wounding 14 including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Residents from across Arizona and the country, including Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, participated in the memorial.

See the full Tucson Shooting anniversary slideshow from January 7th here.

See additional photos from the January 8th events including Giffords and husband Mark Kelly.

Weekend events included the Beyond main event at Reid Park on January 7th. Beyond featured yoga, bike obstacle courses, Tai Chi workouts, and a high school dance group. There was also a commemoration event at Kino Stadium with several speakers including Stephanie Aaron, Gabrielle Giffords' Rabbi, and Ross Zimmerman whose son Gabe, Giffords' Community Outreach Director, was killed in the shooting. Specially composed music, choirs and LED candles honoring the victims of the shooting, were also featured at the event.

On January 8th, a Reflections event was held at Centennial Hall featuring speakers talking about the lives of the six people killed. A candlelight vigil also filled the University of Arizona mall.

In last week's print edition of the New Times, we reviewed Tom Zoellner's book, A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America. Zoellner is a long-time friend of Giffords' and a former campaign volunteer. You can also read a Q&A with Zoellner talking about his book and what the tragedy means for Arizona and the country.

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Eric Tsetsi
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