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Video: McSally, Az House delegation lead Congress in moment of silence

Marking the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and the rest of Arizona's delegation in the House of Representatives led Congress in a moment of silence on Friday.

McSally's statement, as released by her office:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleagues from Arizona and across the country to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the shooting that took place on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.

On that sunny, chilly Saturday morning, 6 people were killed and 13 wounded at a Congress on your Corner event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The congresswoman was among the injured, along with the member of her staff who would succeed her, Congressman Ron Barber.

For many, the pain of that day will always be with us. But Tucson has not languished in grief. As we remember the victims, we also remember how our community rose up with courage and unity to support those grieving and honor their loved ones.

Signs of that courage are all around us. The January 8th Memorial Foundation is working to build a permanent tribute to the victims as well as our community's response.

Just feet below us in this building is the "Gabe Zimmerman Meeting Room," a lasting tribute to the congressional staffer who died while serving the men and women of Southern Arizona.

Today and this weekend, people around Southern Arizona are coming together to celebrate the lives of our friends and loved ones taken too soon, and the difference they made and continue to make. There are hikes, bike rides, runs, storytelling, discussions, gatherings and much more.

While we know some wounds may never fully heal, by carrying on the legacy of those who died, we ensure their memories are never forgotten.

  • Christina Taylor Green
  • Dorothy Morris
  • Judge John Roll
  • Phyllis Schneck
  • Dorwan Stoddard
  • Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman

Mr. Speaker, I would now ask that the House observe a moment of silence in remembrance of those we lost.

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