TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 10, 2011) — U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, the husband of former tire dealer Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., put the following statement on her official Congressional website over the weekend in the aftermath of the shooting of the congresswoman and deaths of five others as she met Jan. 8 with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.
Statement from Captain Kelly:
“On behalf of Gabby and our entire family, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. Gabby was doing what she loved most—hearing from her constituents—when this tragedy occurred. Serving Southern Arizonans is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in Congress.
“Like all Americans, we mourn the loss of Gabe Zimmerman, a fine man and beloved member of Gabby's team, Judge John M. Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, and Dorwan Stoddard.
“We must never forget them, and our prayers are with their families. Our hearts go out to everyone injured yesterday (Jan. 8); we hope and pray for their quick recovery.
“We also extend our thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders, medical personnel, law enforcement, and Arizona citizens who acted swiftly yesterday and continue to assist our community through this tragedy. Many stories of heroism are emerging, and they are a source of strength for us during this difficult time. We are forever grateful.
“Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling. If you are inspired to make a positive gesture, consider two organizations that Gabby has long valued and supported: Tucson's Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.”