Bells, Prayers Mark Tucson Shooting Anniversary

January 08, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Residents across the city of Tucson are commemorating the third anniversary of the shooting that killed six people and wounded 12 others, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Bells rang and flags were raised Wednesday at 10:10 a.m., which was the time when a gunman opened fire on Jan. 8, 2011 at a meet-and-greet event being held by Giffords.

About 100 people gathered on the front lawn of the University of Arizona Medical Center, where victims of the shooting were treated. A pastor read a prayer and the names of those killed and injured. A bell rang once for each name followed by a moment of silence.

Community members say such events are not just a way to remember the victims but to look forward and learn from the tragedies.