Giffords comes home to mark Tucson shooting anniversary

January 9, 2012 05:09

TUCSON - Bells tolled, girls in white dresses danced and clergymen offered up prayers in Tucson on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, among them Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Giffords herself, still recuperating from the head wound she suffered in the shooting, was expected to top off a daylong series of tributes and remembrances by attending a candlelight vigil with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

Late on Saturday, the Arizona Democrat paid a surprise visit to the supermarket where a pistol-toting assailant opened fire on a crowd gathered for an outdoor "Congress On Your Corner" constituents meeting on Jan. 8, 2011.

Nineteen people were struck by gunfire and six of them died, including a 9-year-old girl, a Giffords aide and a federal judge.

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