TUCSON, Ariz. – A look at those killed and injured Jan. 8, 2011, in the deadly shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Six people died; here are some details about their lives:
JOHN ROLL, 63
Named Arizona's chief federal judge in 2006, U.S. District Judge John M. Roll won 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 crime-related cases. Roll was appointed to the federal bench in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. He previously served as a state trial judge and as a judge on the mid-level Arizona Court of Appeals, and as a county and state prosecutor. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Church's Tucson Diocese said Roll was an active parishioner. "He lived his faith as a servant of our nation for the cause of justice," Kicanas said. Roll was a Pennsylvania native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in 1969; earned a law degree in 1972 at University of Arizona Law College and received his master's law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; three sons; and five grandchildren.
CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, 9
Christina Taylor Green was only 9, but the third-grader already was an aspiring politician. Her parents say Christina had just been elected to the student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School and had been interested in politics from a young age. She told her parents she wanted to attend Penn State and have a career that involved helping those less fortunate than her. The brown-eyed athletic girl loved to swim with her 11-year-old brother Dallas, her lone sibling. Her mother, Roxanna Green, said Christina also loved animals, singing, dancing and gymnastics. She also was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team. Her grandfather, former major-league pitcher Dallas Green, managed the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies. Christina's father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Christina was born on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.
GABE ZIMMERMAN, 30
Gabe Zimmerman, the director of community outreach for Giffords, handled thousands of issues raised by constituents out of the congresswoman's offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista. Zimmerman was one of the Giffords staffers who organized many public events where voters could meet Giffords and talk to her about issues. Co-workers say Zimmerman, who had a master's degree in social work, cared passionately about helping people. Zimmerman's mother, Emily Nottingham, said politics was a good fit for him because it combined policy and making a difference for others. "He had a real interest in helping people and had a real caring for social justice," Nottingham said. Zimmerman, who was engaged, had set a wedding date for 2012.
PHYLLIS SCHNECK, 79
Phyllis Schneck, a Rutherford, N.J., native, was a homemaker who raised two daughters and one son with her husband, and had a talent for cooking. In retirement, Schneck kept herself occupied by volunteering at her church. Her home in Tucson was less than four miles from the supermarket where the shootings took place. Schneck's daughter, B.J. Offutt of Colorado Springs, Colo., said her mother's appearance at the store was surprising, because she normally shopped at a different store and wasn't very political. Schneck is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
DORWIN STODDARD, 76
Everyone who knew Dorwin Stoddard thought his downfall would be from one of his numerous construction projects at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. During his latest project, he fell 20 feet when a ladder buckled, said his pastor and friend, the Rev. Michael Nowak. When the shootings started Saturday, he dove to the ground, covering his wife Mavy, who was shot in the leg three times. The couple had been grade-school sweethearts growing up in Tucson. After their respective spouses died, they each moved back to retire, became reacquainted and fell in love again. Mavy Stoddard talked to her husband, who was shot in the head, for 10 minutes while he breathed heavily. Then he stopped breathing. He had two sons from his first marriage, and Mavy has three daughters.
DOROTHY MORRIS, 76
Dorothy Morris, known to her friends as "Dot," was a retired homemaker and secretary who lived north of Tucson in Oro Valley, Ariz. Her husband George, a former Marine and retired airline pilot, remains hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds. One of the couple's daughters said George Morris tried to protect his wife of 50 years by throwing her to the ground and trying to get on top of her to shield her. The couple both grew up in Reno, Nev., and were high-school sweethearts. They settled in Oro Valley around 1995. Sue Blinman, who lives next door in a retirement community, said the couple traveled extensively and escaped Tucson's summer heat by heading to their home in the eastern Arizona mountain community of Pinetop. "They were always good neighbors," Blinman said.
Thirteen people were wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Here are some details:
RON BARBER, 65
Ron Barber, who is the district director for Giffords, was shot in the leg and in the face and neck area. He remains in intensive care in serious condition. Barber's daughter, Jenny Douglas, says that her father has worked with Giffords since she first went to Washington, D.C. Barber is a former administrator in the Arizona Department of Economic Security's division of developmental disabilities. He retired in 2006 to work for Giffords. Douglas says Barber remembers the deadly attack clearly and he asks about the congresswoman everyday and wants to see her.
PAMELA SIMON, 63
Pam Simon works in community outreach for Giffords. Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the Arizona Republic that Simon has worked with Giffords since she first went to Washington.
SUSAN HILEMAN, 58
Susan Hileman brought 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green to Giffords' event because of the girl's interest in politics. Hileman was holding hands with the girl, waiting to shake Giffords' hand when shots were fired, said the woman's husband, Bill Hileman. Susan Hileman, who was shot three times, is expected to recover, he said.
JAMES ERIC FULLER, 63
J. Eric Fuller described the shootings as "a bad crime drama." Fuller said on CBS's "The Early Show" that he felt the bullet that hit his knee but didn't know he had also been struck in the back. He said he didn't know how to react and felt the victims "were in for more." Fuller said he is lucky and feels fine physically, but is outraged that Giffords was attacked. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Fuller, a naval air veteran, drove himself to Northwest Hospital after being shot. He was later taken to University Medical Center where he was released two days later.
GEORGE MORRIS, 76
George Morris is a former Marine and retired airline pilot. His wife, Dorothy, was killed in the shootings. Morris remains hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds. One of the couple's daughters said George Morris tried to protect his wife by throwing her to the ground and trying to shield her.
MAVANELL "MAVY" STODDARD, 75
Mavy Stoddard was shot in the leg three times on Saturday. Her husband, Dorwin, dove to the ground and covered her when the shooting started. Dorwin, who was shot in the head, did not survive. She said she talked to her husband for 10 minutes until he stopped breathing. He had two sons from his first marriage, and Mavy has three daughters. The couple were grade-school sweethearts growing up in Tucson. After their respective spouses died, they separately moved back to retire, became reacquainted and fell in love all again.
MARY REED, 52
Mary Reed went to the Giffords event with her daughter, Emma McMahon, who worked as a congressional page for the congresswoman over the summer. Emma wanted to get a picture with Giffords, but the shooting started before they had a chance. Reed's husband, Tom McMahon, and their 13-year-old son, Owen, were nearby. Reed told the Arizona Republic that she pushed her daughter against a wall and covered her with her own body. Reed was shot in the back and in both arms. She said she was fortunate because her family is safe.
JAMES TUCKER, 58
James Tucker and his wife, Doris, live about two miles from the Safeway supermarket where the shootings occurred. They were both at the Giffords' event. Tucker remained hospitalized, while Doris Tucker was not injured. Some of their neighbors described him to The Arizona Republic as a quiet, gentle man but always willing to lend a hand. Tucker is an environmental-health and safety fire inspector at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson.
KENNETH VEEDER, 75
Kenneth Veeder is a retired Vietnam veteran in the Airborne Infantry division of the Army. According to KVOA-TV in Tucson, a bullet grazed Veeder in the leg. He was treated and released from the hospital in one day.
RANDY GARDNER, 60
Randy Gardner had received an automated phone call about Giffords' "Congress on Your Corner" event the night before. The retired mental-health therapist showed up hoping to thank Giffords for voting for the health care law, according to The Arizona Republic. He was speaking with Phyllis Schneck, who was fatally shot, when the gunfire started. When he turned, he was shot in the right foot. Gardner told The Arizona Republic the shooting revived memories of being at Kent State University when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters. He was treated and only held in the hospital for one night.
KENNETH DORUSHKA, 63
Kenneth Dorushka and his wife Carol, 61, had grocery shopping to do, but wanted to meet Giffords for the first time. Carol Dorushka told The Arizona Republic they were waiting in line when the shootings began. She said her husband immediately forced her to the ground, shielding her with one arm around her head. Kenneth was shot in the arm. He was treated and released after several hours; Carol was uninjured. The couple have been married for 41 years. They were acquainted with Phyllis Schneck, who was fatally shot, through their church.
BILL BADGER, 74
Bill Badger, a retired Army colonel, went to the Giffords event because he wanted to shake the congresswoman's hand. Despite being grazed by a bullet in the back of the head and bleeding profusely, Badger helped subdue the gunman. He and another man held the shooter by the neck and arms. "That is totally his character. The only surprise would have been if he hadn't done that," his wife of 25 years, Sallie, told The Associated Press. Badger credits his military background for his quick reaction. Badger was taken to a hospital and back home eating dinner in his kitchen by 5 p.m. that day. The Badgers moved to Arizona in 1985, when Bill was setting up a Western aviation training site in Marana. He has been a pilot for more than 27 years.
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