Images From the Impromptu Memorial to Gabrielle Giffords and Other Victims of Jan 8th Shooting

January 17, 2011

The recent January 8, 2011 shooting in the parking lot of a Safeway supermarket in Northwest Tucson, Arizona has grabbed the attention of the world.

As U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was hosting an open air meeting with her constituents a deranged gunman approached and shot her, point blank, in the head and then turned and began shooting into the crowd killing six and wounding many more before he was subdued by some of the bystanders.

Miraculously, Representative Giffords has so far survived the shooting and appears to be on the way to recovery at Tucson’s University Medical Center.

Photo of Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Photo of Representative Gabrielle Giffords | Source
University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona
University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona | Source

Shortly after the shooting, supporters and well wishers had begun to gather outside Representative Giffords’ office and began holding a vigil for her.  Many brought flowers and candles.

A similar gathering occurred once it was known that the Congresswoman had been taken to Tucson’s University Medical Center and was still alive and being treated.  

The University Medical Center or UMC site quickly became the focal point of gathering given that not only she physically present in the hospital but the large green lawn in front of the entrance provided a much larger area for people to gather and leave mementos.

And leave mementos they have as the lawn in front of the hospital is covered with flowers, stuffed animals, handmade signs, notes, candles, etc.  While most are for Representative Giffords, there are also many items offering hope, prayers and well wishes for the other wounded victims who are also being treated and recovering in the same hospital as well as for those who died.

The real story here is best told through pictures and here are scenes from that ongoing vigil.

An Outpouring of Prayers and Support for Representative Giffords

Items left by well wishers for Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Items left by well wishers for Representative Gabrielle Giffords | Source
Impromptu memorial to Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Impromptu memorial to Representative Gabrielle Giffords | Source
Love will heal all message for Rep Gabrielle Giffords
Love will heal all message for Rep Gabrielle Giffords | Source
Votive candles in front of University Medical Center in Tucson
Votive candles in front of University Medical Center in Tucson | Source
Message encouraging Rep Gabrielle Giffords to recover quickly
Message encouraging Rep Gabrielle Giffords to recover quickly | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Box where people can leave notes for Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Box where people can leave notes for Representative Gabrielle Giffords. | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source

Support from Other Places

Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Welcome to Arizona Mr President
Welcome to Arizona Mr President | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Silver City NM Praying for Tucson
Silver City NM Praying for Tucson | Source

Other Victims are Remembered as Well

Remembering slain Federal Judge John Roll
Remembering slain Federal Judge John Roll | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Impromptu memorial to Rep Gabrielle Giffords at University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source

UMC Has Become Location for On Scene Reporting

Reporters camped out by entrance to vigil area in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Reporters camped out by entrance to vigil area in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Reporters waiting and  ready to broadcast any new development in Rep Gabrielle Giffords recovery
Reporters waiting and ready to broadcast any new development in Rep Gabrielle Giffords recovery | Source
Reporters giving live reports from the press area in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Reporters giving live reports from the press area in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
Reporter reporting live from the center of the vigil for Representative Gabrielle Giffords
Reporter reporting live from the center of the vigil for Representative Gabrielle Giffords | Source
Truck with Satellite broadcast equipment in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ
Truck with Satellite broadcast equipment in front of University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ | Source
A balloon breaks away and floats towards Heaven
A balloon breaks away and floats towards Heaven | Source
A teddy bear continues to sit silently as dusk begins to fall.
A teddy bear continues to sit silently as dusk begins to fall. | Source

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ocbill 5 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

I was looking for your hub on this event being that you're in Tucson. Great photos & and it is refreshing that his intended target will seemingly recover. Its really a catch 22; your "right to bear arms" is what people want but it comes with senseless killings/attempted murders each year. But then if they were illegal to own, one will find it on the streets.


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swb78 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

This Hub was a great idea and very much needed. I am a conservative but I wish no ill toward the other side of the isle. I was shocked like others when this tragedy occurred. Thanks for a great Hub!


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Your collection of pictures here show the simple message of the humanity and compassion that were and are needed to support the trauma and shock felt by all. Thanks for sharing.


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cceerpp 5 years ago from Ghana

This is very touching. I hope guns will be banned in the whole of USA.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Powerful photos! Thanks for sharing. The worst of times bring out the best of times... We are resilient...


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thank You for the pictures. It is tragic but true. Fear and loss do bring us closer together. Love never Fails.

'Jesus is the way truth and life'

The dead have passed on in Spirit to Heaven, where there are no tears, pain or suffering. I pray for the families of the beloved that they find refuge in the healing, loving arms of Jesus Christ. God will strengthen and comfort them in this most difficult time of heartache and loss.

Know Jesus, know peace. NO Jesus, No Peace.

The enemy did this evil action. God is judge and will have the final word. We live in a fallen world. Jesus is going to return one day and sooner not farther away. Every knee will bow and know He is Lord.

May God Bless You, Chuck.


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joinphp 5 years ago from Tunisia

Very nice image about sad events.

I'm sad for Gaby, Christina, Dorwin and others. May God bless theirs ghosts.

Had you seen Tunisia news January 14,2011 shotings. But people win and tirany failed. Tunisian people had blooded for his democracy and freedom.

Thanks to share


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks so much for sharing this powerful hub. The images and scenes speak loudly of the other side of this horrific shooting. There are so many good people in the world that can help heal the pain of evil.

Had to push many buttons here:)

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