My heart is heavy for Congresswoman Giffords and the other people who were shot in Arizona on Saturday. Six were killed. Fourteen wounded. What a senseless tragedy.
Gabe Zimmerman - 30 year old event organizer. Engaged to be married.
Dorwan Stoddard - 76 year old retiree. Active in his church and married to his high school sweetheart.
Christina Taylor Green - 9 years old. She had just been elected to the student council at her school and wanted to meet the Congresswoman in person.
US District Judge John Roll. Survived by his wife, three sons and five grandchildren.
Phyllis Schneck - 79 year old NJ grandmother who had retired in Arizona.
Dorothy Morris - 76 year old retiree. Her husband, George remains in critical condition.
Six lives lost. 14 wounded. Not to mention the devastation Jared Loughner, the 22 year old shooter, brought on his own family.
And it could have been worse. Loughner was attempting to re-load another magazine when four bystanders wrestled him to the ground. One of those heroes was Patricia Maisch, a 61 year old grandmother. She bravely grabbed the magazine out of the gunman's hands. It was then that three other people were able to tackle him and hold him until police arrived.
We'll probably never know why Loughner committed such an act. Not that it would matter. No reason could ever justify what he did. All we can do is pray.