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Bishop leads Mass to remember victims of Tucson shooting


The pews of St. Odilia's Parish were crowded with mourners Tuesday night.

They gathered to remember nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green and the other victims of Saturday's shooting rampage.

Green's family attended St. Odilia's, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte, where she sang in the children's choir.

Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, Tucson's Catholic bishop, held a "Mass for the Healing of Our Community, Remembrance of Those Who Have Died, and for the Consolation of All Victims and Their Families" at the church.

Kincanas told those gathered to let the shooting "commit our efforts to rid our communities of violence and all that causes it."

St. Odeilia is just blocks from the site of Saturday's mass shooting. Authorities say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head, was the target of the attack.

Among the other five killed was U.S. District Judge John Roll, who attended the nearby St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, where he served as a lector.

Emily Jones contributed to this report.


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Mourners wait for Mass to begin at St. Odilia's. At the request of the church, TucsonSentinel.com did not take photographs during the service.