facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rep. Giffords to attend Tucson memorial

Jan. 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
TUCSON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords plans to be at a Tucson memorial for those killed in a shooting spree that left her critically injured, a spokeswoman says.

The trip will be her fourth to Tucson since she was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston days after the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported. She is now living with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, in Houston and continuing rehab.

"Congresswoman Giffords wanted to be back in Tucson for this very emotional weekend," Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff, said Wednesday in an e-mail. "She felt it was important to be in her hometown with her family, staff members and a few close friends."

Giffords, D-Ariz., was holding a meet-and-greet session outside a Tucson supermarket when Jared Loughner, a community college dropout, sprayed the gathering with gunfire.

Six people, including a 9-year-old girl, a federal judge and a member of Giffords' staff, were killed and 14 injured.

The vigil at the University of Arizona is one of a number of memorial events planned for this weekend. Ron Barber, Giffords' district director, is scheduled to lead "Reflections: Honoring the Lives of the Jan. 8 Shooting Victims."

Loughner has been found unfit to stand trial. He is being held in a federal prison hospital.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
2
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
3
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
4
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
5
White House: Intel agencies examinig Islamic State execution video
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback