In Memory of those We Lost

TulipsDiana Varner
We are bound together in an inescapable network of mutuality and tied to a single garment of destiny ~Martin Luther King
Christina Taylor Green, 9, had recently elected to the student council at her school, and went to the event with a neighbor who thought the young girl may enjoy it, Greg Segalini, the girl's uncle told The Arizona Republic. (Christina had been born on 9/11/2001 and was one of the “faces of hope” in that grim year of our history.)
Federal Judge John Roll, appointed to the bench by former President George Bush in 1991.
John Roll won wide acclaim for a career as a respected jurist and leader who had pushed to beef up the court's strained bench to handle a growing number of border-related crime cases. "I have never met a more sincere..fair-minded, brilliant federal judge or any judge for that matter in my whole life," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnick said.
Gabe Zimmerman, 30, a former social worker who served as Giffords' director of community outreach. Zimmerman was engaged to be married, C.J. Karamargin, Giffords’ communication director, told Fox News. “He truly loved to help people,” she said.  Zimmerman has a degree in social work and focused on a plethora of issues like immigration and veteran’s services.
Dorwan Stoddard, 76,  was a pastor of Mountain Ave. Church of Christ in the area. He performed maintenance work at the church and spent his summers traveling, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Friends said they visited all 50 states and 28 foreign countries during their trips. Mike Nowak, a minister at the church, told the paper that Stoddard was "a terrific guy, a jack-of-all-trades."  Stoddard was with his wife during the shooting. She was also hit by a bullet, but is expected to survive.
Dorothy Morris, 76~ Dorothy Morris, 76, and her husband George went to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-AZ) Congress on the Corner event in Tucson, only to be caught in the line of fire. Dorothy Morris was declared dead on the scene, while her husband remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Tucson. The couple were Reno High School sweethearts, according to the Gazette-Journal, and have two daughters, Kim Hardy and Tori Nelson, who live in Las Vegas.  George, who was shot in the shoulder, is a former pilot for United Airlines and the Marine Corps.
Phyllis Schneck, 79, (housewife and mother) ~Though she was a Republican, she had recently listened to Giffords on a conference call — mostly likely during her recent campaign, her daughter said — and was hoping to shake her hand.  A homemaker for much of her life, she centered her world on her three children, seven grandchildren, her 2-year-old great-grandchild, and her husband, Ernie Schneck Sr., who was the brother of her childhood best friend.

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  1. I have heard nothing of this here.. our news is full of the devestation of flooding in the north of our country. such sad events world wide :(

  2. A lovely tribute in the midst of so much grief. How are we to ever comprehend the chaos that this young man's mind brought into being?


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