A Year Later, Giffords Heads to Tucson

Giffords visits grocery store site of massacre for first time
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2012 5:32 AM CST
A Year Later, Giffords Heads to Tucson
This undated photo shows a memorial outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday,   (AP Photo/Safeway, Inc.)

A year after she was rushed, clinging to life, from a Tucson Safeway, Gabrielle Giffords yesterday returned to the scene of the shootings that killed six people, reports Reuters. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly also visited the intensive care unit where she was taken, and a nearby hiking trail, which has since been re-named in honor of her slain aide, Gabe Zimmerman. "Gabby just visited the Safeway for the 1st time since 1/8/11," tweeted Kelly. "It's been a tough year, but we're lucky to have so many people standing w/us."

"I think very often about it on Saturday mornings, especially this time of year when the weather is similar," says a Giffords spokesman who was nearby during the shootings. It is the fourth time Giffords has visited Tucson in the past year, and the first since Thanksgiving, when she and Kelly served a holiday dinner for local US Army troops and veterans. Giffords and Kelly will attend a candlelight vigil tonight in Tucson. (More Gabrielle Giffords shooting stories.)

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