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Nightly News   |  January 08, 2012

Tucson remembers Giffords shooting

The Arizona city pauses to recall the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that left six people dead and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> back in this country, the city of tucson paused today to mark one year since that awful day six people were killed and 13 more wounded, some critically, including congresswoman gabby giffords . today president obama called giffords to offer his support as she made her way back to tucson this weekend. nbc's miguel almaguer is there.

>> reporter: at 10:11 a.m . today, across tucson , a time to reflect. in churches, at the hospital where victims were treated, and outside the safeway where the shooting took place.

>> more than one person down.

>> reporter: six killed, 13 wounded when a gunman tried to assassinate congresswoman gabrielle giffords .

>> i do believe gabby giffords was hit.

>> reporter: giffords' recovery has been remarkable, but also she.

>> she's still the woman i married. her personality is the same.

>> reporter: the victims caught in the hail of gunfire in this parking lot last january 8th were both young and old. christina taylor green was just 9 years old.

>> i miss christina terribly.

>> reporter: susie took christina to meet giffords and was shot three times and watched christina die.

>> i remember lying there holding christina 's hand and we were just eyes locked on each other.

>> reporter: tucson 's tragedy unfolded as a nation grieved. hundreds lined the streets as giffords headed to houston for rehab. after months of progress, the congresswoman went back to washington. this weekend giffords returned home to tucson , one year later, back at the hospital to thank her doctors. at the safeway to see a new memorial and with husband mark kelly at a trail named after her aide gabe zimmerman. daniel hernandez was the first to reach giffords after she was shot and at a candlelight vigil tonight will see her for first time since the shooting.

>> the biggest emotion is just going to be at peace to be surrounded by other people that were there on january 8th .

>> reporter: together again, united in both their grief and resolve to move forward. miguel almaguer, nbc news, tucson , arizona.