Jan 8, 2013 10:52 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Church services held on shooting spree anniversary

TUCSON - It was a somber second anniversary of the deadly Safeway shooting spree, January 8th, 2011.

A pair of prayer services wrapped up a day of ceremonies honoring the victims, the survivors and the helpers.

Services were filled with music and messages of healing.

As candles burn for the six who lost their lives, the congregation at St. Philip's in the Hills reflect on the past and celebrate the future.

Choir member David Owen says, "well it's a night of grieving, and to come together to sing and pray is a form of healing and we hope the music helps."

Church visitor Ann Vandervoort says, "I just feel for Gabrielle Giffords so much and all of those other people. And all of the people who have been killed recently in these mass shootings. There's just no reason for it."

At Northminster Presbyterian a simple, quiet service was held. There was prayer, scripture, remembrance and contemplation.

Both churches were directly touched by the mass shooting, with members of their congregation wounded or killed.

Donovan Porterfield came to support a friend, she's among the 13 who were injured.

"I felt a very empty part of my heart all day today. And was able to take some time this morning and kind of reflect," says Porterfield. "It's been a hard day in that regard."

One survivor News 4 talked with says this year was harder than the first. Now that her physical wounds have healed, emotional scars are taking a toll.


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