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Jan 8, 2014 6:50 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Tucson mass shooting survivors reflect on changes

TUCSON - Some survivors of the January 8, 2011 mass shooting reflected on how their lives permanently changed after that Saturday morning.

Nancy Barber attended a moment of silence at the University of Arizona Medical Center to remember the 3rd anniversary of the shooting that alomost killed her husband.

"I think a lot of people think, as time goes on, it gets easier," she said. "But it really doesn't. I woke up this morning and immediately started recounting my day 3 years ago."

Since then, Ron Barber's boss, Gabby Giffords, resigned. Southern Arizonans elected him to take her place.

"He actually promised me he'd never run for politics when he was working for Gabby," Nancy Barber said as she laughed. "So it's been a huge change, an emotional change."

Bill Badger was shot in the head and recently suffered a stroke, which he said was a result of the shooting.

"When it first happened, your priorities change," Badger said. "Nothing's importnant except your family and your friends."

Daniel Hernandez was next to Gabby Giffords when she was shot in the head. He is now on the Sunnyside School Board.

"The attention that I received, which got my foot in the door in a lot of cases, was because of what happened at the shooting," Hernandez said. "But I think, like many of the other survivors, we've decided this is not going to be the sole defining event of what we've done."


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