One year anniversary of shooting spree that killed six, wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

POSTED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 6:04am

It has been a year of mourning, remembrance and recovery. One year ago today, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot point-blank in the head at a community event in a tucson supermarket parking lot by Jarred Lee Loughner, 22.

Witnesses say he then turned the gun on the crowd, killing six, including a federal judge, a Giffords staff member and the youngest victim, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, shot as she held the hand of the neighbor who brought her to see her Congresswoman.

The anguish her family still feels is tempered by loving memories and a great sense of pride.

"Our young daughter in a short 9 years, achieved more things than most adults do in a lifetime," says her mother, Roxanne.

13 people survived the shooting, including Giffords.

After months of recovery and rehabilitation she returned to the floor of the house of representatives in August and even served Thanksgiving dinner to troops in Tucson.

Since the shooting honors have been bestowed on the victims, including a courthouse named after federal Judge John Roll and a meeting room at the U.S. Capitol named after Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman.

Today, thousands are expected to attend a candlelight vigil to remember those killed.

Among those attending will be Congresswoman Giffords, whose remarkable recovery just one year later gives hope to a community still struggling to understand why.

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