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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.
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.