Giffords arrives in Tucson for shooting ceremonies

January 6, 2012 - 11:50 PM
Congresswoman Shot Suspect

FILE -This Jan. 8, 2011 file photo provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows Jared Loughner. Loughner, The mentally ill man charged in the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others isn't expected to go to trial in 2012 as he continues to be forcibly medicated in a bid to make him psychologically fit to stand trial. (AP Photo/Pima County Sheriff's Department via The Arizona Republic, File)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has arrived in Tucson, Ariz., to begin commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting that killed six people and left her and 12 others wounded.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/yHJGZH) says Giffords' first stop Friday was her congressional office where she participated in an emotional ceremony to honor slain staffer Gabe Zimmerman.

Giffords' staff gathered to dedicate a permanent memorial that will welcome visitors to her office: a life-size photo of Zimmerman and a memorial plaque that rests on a stand below it.

Giffords attended the event along with her husband, Mark Kelly.

She also will appear at a candlelight vigil Sunday to mark the anniversary of the shooting, which occurred during a Jan. 8 meet-and-greet.

Giffords still is recovering after being shot in the head during the rampage.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com