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Mayor: Ring bells at 10:10 am to honor Jan. 8 victims

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will toll the bell at Tucson's Fire Central 19 times on Wednesday morning in remembrance of the victims of the Jan. 8 shooting.

Rothschild rang the bell, echoing a tradition among fireman, last year on the second anniversary of the attack that killed six — Christina-Taylor Green, Dorothy "Dot" Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman — and wounded 13, including then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The bell-ringing at the Downtown headquarters of the Tucson Fire Department will be timed with for 10:10 a.m., the moment when gunfire interrupted a peaceful morning three years ago.

Rothschild asked all Tucsonans to join him in ringing their own bells.

"Tucsonans will never forget that day," he said, "but it is more important that we never forget the victims. Those we lost contributed greatly to this community, and are greatly missed."

A group of shooting victims and families of those who were killed and wounded plan to ring bells at the University of Arizona Medical Center to mark the anniversary. The public is invited to participate in that event.

Last year, bells were rung at churches and public buildings across Tucson in memory of the attack. Organizers said the event was inspired by 19th century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who wrote, "ring in the common good of love."

In 2012, on the first anniversary of the shooting rampage, bells were rung not just in Tucson but across the country in memory of those who were killed.

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Rothschild rang the TFD bell on Jan. 8, 2013, in remembrance of the victims of the shooting rampage.