TUCSON, AZ (CBSNewYork) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords, with husband and former astronaut Mark Kelly by her side, attended a candlelight vigil on the one year anniversary of the Tucson shooting massacre.
Six were left dead and 13 wounded in the shooting, including the congresswoman.
After the congresswoman tentatively walked across the stage, Kelly helped her put her hand over her heart, to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the past year, she has shown remarkable strength, learning to walk and speak again after she was shot in the head at a “Congress on your Corner” event outside a safeway supermarket.
At Sunday’s vigil, she was greeted by cheers and chants of “Gabby,” the crowd including surviving victims and family members of the dead.
“There’s a reality that life is unpredictable, and even in the best of times, our cherished friends, the good, the caring, the innocent among us, the closest and dearest people we know can be taken from us in an instant,” Kelly said.
The doctor that treated Giffords talked about the heroism of that day.
“Tucson should not and will not be defined by that shooting. It’s obvious that we will be defined by the response from our community,” said Dr. Peter Rhee.
Sunday night, it was Gifford’s spirit that defined the community as it continues to heal.
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