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Tucson Tragedy Anniversary: Honoring those who died and the heroes who survived

Sunday, January 8, 2012

By Veronica Roberts

Tucson, AZ]-----One year ago Saturday January 8,2011, tradegy exploded in Tucson Arizona, where some lost their lives and some triumphantly rallied and survived. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was one of the lucky ones but sadly, a nine year old smiling, happy little girl, was among the tragic ones.

I think we all remember that bloody massacre when 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on a crowd of innocent people, intent on manic destruction. Rep. Gabby Giffords was gunned down along with 19 others. 6 lost their lives that fateful day among them a judge and 9 year old Christina Green.

On this day, let's remember the 6 who lost their lives:

9 year old Christina Taylor Green, who reportedly loved ballet and was an aspiring politician. She was the daughter of a Los Angeles Dodgers's scout and granddaughter of former manager of the Phillies, Dallas Green. Born on another fateful day, September 11, 2001, she was seen as a"child of hope." Her life ended too abruptly. Words are woefully inadequate and cannot make it better for her family but we can only hope they have the support to get through this monumental lost.

63 year old Chief Federal Judge, John Roll, who was appointed to the bench in 1991 by former President George W Bush. He left behind his wife, 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

76 year old Dorothy Morris, said to have been full of life, left behind her husband George, who was also seriously injured that Saturday.

79 year old Phyllis Schneck, who reportedly lived part-time in New Jersey and spent the winters in Arizona, also died in Saturdays senseless rampage.

30 year old Gabe Zimmerman, staffer of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, sadly also lost his life in the horrific shooting. He was her Community Outreach Director, who had reportedly worked for Giffords since 2006. He left behind his fiance. According to ABC's Good Morning America, he was an avid runner, whose zest for life included diligently helping others.

76 year old Dorwan Stoddard, who reportedly lived close to the Safeway grocery where the carnage happened, was fatally shot. His wife, Mavanell, was also shot but thankfully survived.

Let's remember those lives cut short by domestic terror and the ones who lived to endure and remember the terrible trauma that I'm sure must be still lingering on this day.

Despite the hate and madness which erupted in incomprehensible violence, some survived. One of those shining presence is Rep. Giffords, whose resilient spirit and enormous strength is a testament to will reigning triumpantly over tragedy. A ray of light born out of that deep darkness that engulfed the nation one year ago.