One year ago today, a meeting of constituents in Tucson turned to tragedy. As U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords spoke to the public in the parking lot of a Safeway in Casas Adobes, Arizona, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire, killing six people and injuring several more.
Miraculously, Giffords survived a gunshot wound to the head. During the past year, Americans have closely followed her recovery, and she has inspired many with her courage and determination.
But sadly, not everyone was so lucky. On this anniversary of the day that shocked a nation, we're remembering those who were lost:
Christina Taylor Green, 9, was an aspiring politician and wanted to be the first woman to play major league baseball. Born on 9/11/2001, Green had been featured in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11. The girl who wanted to grow up to help others was attending the meeting with a neighbor.
Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76, was a retired homemaker and secretary. She attended the meeting with her husband, George Morris. When George heard the first gunshots, he threw Dot to the ground and attempted to shield her from danger. He was wounded in his effort.
John Roll, 63, was chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Arizona. He had planned to stop by the meeting briefly to visit with Giffords. Roll was praised by colleagues as a fair-minded and brilliant judge.
Phyllis Schneck, 79, was a homemaker who loved to cook and volunteer at her church. Her daughter was surprised by her attendance at the meeting, as she usually wasn't very political.
Dorwin Stoddard, 76, was a retired construction worker who attended the meeting with his wife, Mavy. When the shooting began, he shielded Mavy with his body. Though she was shot three times, she survived.
Gabe Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords' community outreach director. He loved helping others, and he was engaged to be married this year. Zimmerman was the first Congressional staffer killed in the line of duty.
In the wake of the shootings, we saw an outpouring of sympathy for the families of the victims. Thousands signed the Guest Book for all victims, as well as their individual Guest Books. On this anniversary, we hope our readers will take a moment to remember and honor each of the six victims of this tragedy.
Written by Linnea Crowther