Giffords Now Knows Who Died in Shooting
Family waited til she had recovered enough to process grief
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2011 7:38 AM CDT
Victims, from top left: Christina Taylor Green, 9, Dorothy Morris, 76, Arizona Federal District Judge John Roll, 63, and from bottom left, Phyllis Schneck, 79, Dorwin Stoddard, 76, and Gabe Zimmerman,...   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords has long known that she was injured in a shooting that claimed six lives, but family and friends waited until recently to tell the Arizona congresswoman the full story: That among the dead were 30-year-old aide Gabe Zimmerman, who she adored as if he were family, friend John Roll, and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. "She was deeply saddened by it," says a spokesman, who tells the Arizona Republic that Giffords was told in late July, just before her unexpected appearance on the House floor.

That quickly resulted in a phone call to Zimmerman's dad, Ross. "It wasn't very long, but it covered important things," he says. "She said she felt awful about Gabe. When Mark (Kelly) commented that she thought of him (Gabe) as her little brother, she said 'yes' very emphatically." "She's having to learn how to write with her left hand at this point. And now, she's having to start the grieving process that the rest of us started back in January," Zimmerman added.

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Aug 20, 2011 1:36 PM CDT
This looks bad for her re-election campaign. We can conclude she is not reading newspapers or the internet and is not keeping up with current events. I'd still vote for her, but she's not likely to be effective if this is her state of recovery.
Aug 20, 2011 8:15 AM CDT
She's a decent human being and I feel bad for her, but the people around her and the media stories have become ridiculous. It's like BlahBlahBlah...Giffords learns to use her left hand to write...Gifford will start the 'grieving process'....Gifford learned how to wipe herself again...baloney story, all selfish. When do we give her a standing 'O' again?