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Remembering the Lives of the Tucson, Arizona Shooting Victims

News.Gather.com by Marcus Paden

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona left 20 people injured and six others dead. The six who died had families. They touched other lives everyday. They will be mourned by their friends and families, and by their country. Please take a moment to remember those who died.

Christina Taylor Green was a nine-year-old girl with political aspirations. She was recently elected to the student council in her school and went to the Giffords event to learn more about serving in government. She was already a leader and her classroom at Mesa Verde Elementary School, jumping in to help students.

Christina continued her family’s baseball tradition. She was the only girl on her Little League Baseball Team, the Canyon del Oro Pirates. Her father is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her grandfather is a former player and manager. She has the unfortunate distinction of having a life joined between two national disasters. She was born on September 11, 2001, and she died on the day a gunman went on a rampage. She is survived by her father John Green, her mother Roxanna Green, and her brother Dallas Green.

Gabe Zimmerman, 30, was the Director of Community Outreach for Rep. Giffords. He was also the organizer of the Congressional event where the shooting took place. Zimmerman had worked for Giffords since her first Congressional campaign.

A former social worker with a degree in social work, Zimmerman was the contact for constituents in the area. Jonathan Kalm, an intern in Giffords’ office said, "He always cared what people had to say... When tea party activists held a protest there during the health-care debate, "Gabe was able to reason with them."

He is survived by his father Ross Zimmerman, step-mother Pam Golden, brother Ben Zimmerman, and fiancée Kelly O’Brien.

John Roll, 63, was the chief federal judge in Arizona. He was appointed to the federal position by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and gained the role of chief judge in 2006. He is the first federal judge killed since 1989.

Judge Roll was not originally at the event. He was at a nearby store when he saw a friend, Ron Barber, an aide to Rep. Giffords. A few minutes later, the gunman started shooting, and the judge was killed. An unidentified law enforcement official said, "He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Judge Roll is survived by his wife Maureen, three sons, and five grandchildren.

Dorwin Stoddard, 76, was with his wife to meet the Congresswoman. She wanted to tell her she was doing a good job. Stoddard was a leader in his church and the community. He and his wife Mavanell attended high school together in Tucson. When they graduated, they moved away, married other people, and started a family. After their spouses died, they both moved back, got reacquainted and then married. When the shooting started, he covered his wife with his body to protect her. "He was a hero," said neighbor Marge Osterman.

Pyllis Schneck, 79, until recently was a snowbird. Originally from New Jersey, Schneck lived in Tucson during the winter. She eventually became a resident of Tucson and lived there permanently. She was married for 56 years to her husband Edward before his death. She was not political but she admired Rep. Giffords for her views on border protection. Although she was a long-time Republican, she voted for Giffords and went to meet her at the event after receiving a robocall. She is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Dorothy Morris, 76, originally from Reno, NV, married her high school sweetheart. Dorothy and her husband George moved to the Tucson area from Reno about 10 years ago. Her husband being a former pilot and Marine, flew the corps flag and the US flag outside her home.

Dorothy and George were caught in the line of fire when the gunman started shooting. Dorothy died at the scene and her husband remains in critical condition. She is survived by her husband and two daughters.







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