Giffords staff honors slain colleague 1 year later

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2012 3:03 PM
Giffords staff honors slain colleague 1 year later

Staffers of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and hundreds of others are gathering to remember those killed a year ago, including a slain colleague.

Gabe Zimmerman was killed along with five others a year ago Sunday in an attack on the congresswoman in Tucson.

Hundreds of people, including Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, packed the massive St. Augustine Cathedral for an interfaith service in Tucson to remember the shooting.

Ron Barber, a Giffords staffer who survived two gunshot wounds, says he spent time with Giffords on Friday and Saturday, mostly reflecting about Zimmerman's life.

Daniel Hernandez, Giffords' former intern who came to her aid after the shooting, called Sunday a solemn day of remembrance and an opportunity to allow Tucson and those affected by the shooting heal further.