Jan 6, 2014 11:30 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Congressman Ron Barber reveals he's reached out to Loughner's family

TUCSON - This week marks a somber third anniversary of Tucson's deadly shooting on the north side. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others shot, six people died.

The lone gunman Jared Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 counts, sparing him the death penalty.

Three years later a permanent memorial in the works downtown to honor the victims and survivors. The county plans to pass the resolution Tuesday, the city doing the same on Wednesday.

Stephen Brigham is President of the January 8th Memorial Foundation, "And it brought us to this place which is the intersection of county leadership and city leadership. State government federal office buildings. This is the intersection of our access to local government, so what better place what perfect place," he says.

Fundraising efforts are now underway. An artist not yet been chosen.

For some survivors and loved ones, the project's helping them cope and move forward.

Ross Zimmerman's son Gabriel was shot and killed January 8th, 2011. "The anniversary doesn't really matter to me one way or the other, I miss Gabriel every day and that doesn't change," he says.

Zimmerman calls January 8, one of the most significant events in Pima County.

"Gabrielle was the first federal female elected official, wounded in the line of duty in an assassination attempt. My son was the first congressional aide, murdered in the line of duty, a federal judge was murdered, a wonderful 9 year old," says Zimmerman.

Another shooting survivor Pam Simon says, "I'm one of four survivors on the memorial board."

For Simon a former Giffords staffer it's about remembrance. "I would like future generations to know that our community came together in a time of tremendous trauma and supported each other," says Simon.

Shooting survivor Ron Barber later succeeded Giffords in her house seat. His focus is mental health, revealing to News 4 Tucson that he's reached out to the gunman's family.

"I did try to reach out to the family, a couple of times but they were not wanting to have contact. I think they pretty much got into themselves and tried to stay private, I respect that," says Congressman Rob Barber, "Had we had the ability to know what was going on with him, and get him treatment, I think it's possible that, that tragedy may never of happened."

Multiple events are planned this week and next, honoring victims and survivors.

Monday, January 6 at noon
Together We Thrive Exhibition and Tribute
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue

Monday, January 6 at 11 am
January 8th Foundation Board Press Conference
Historic Pima County Courthouse Courtyard, 115 N. Church Avenue

January 7 at 6 pm
Panel Discussion and Screening of Living for 32
Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

Wednesday, January 8 at 10:10 am
Flag Raising and Honor Guard Ceremony honoring first responders.
Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road
The exhibit opening reception immediately follows

January 8 at 10:10 am
University of Arizona Medical Center Moment of silence/ringing of bells
University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue - front lawn

January 8 at 7 pm
Church Service, and short presentation by Pat Maisch
St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, Music Center. (River and Campbell)

Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 pm
Together We Thrive Exhibition and Tribute
Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street

January 11 from 12 to 3 pm
BEYOND: Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit (Community-wide event)
Armory Park, 200 South 6th Avenue

January 11 8:30am to 10:30am
Non-competitive 5 mile social walk/run
Saguaro National Park

January 11 starting at 8am
Day-use fees will be waived for the event.
Sabino Canyon, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road

January 19 from 2 to 6 pm
Concert for Civility: Family Friendly Showcase
Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street


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