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Pima County approves January 8th memorial downtown

Jan. 8, 2011
“Rest in peace” poster/ This poster was placed in the spontaneous tribute memorial at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office. /Courtesy: Arizona Memory Project

TUCSON – Eight years later, the community is stilling healing from the mass shooting that shook Tucson in 2011.

On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors ensured that Tucsonans will not forget Jan. 8, 2011 by approving a contract for the construction of the January 8th Memorial in downtown Tucson during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

The construction of the memorial will be at the Pima County Historic Courthouse and El Presidio Plaza. It will be built next to one of the oldest public buildings in Tucson.

The memorial is expected to be completed by Jan. 8, 2020, the nine-year anniversary of the shooting.

Gabrielle Giffords
“Tucson loves you.” Commemoration of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting. Courtesy: Gabrielle Giffords Twitter

“The cost of the construction will be entirely born by the foundation thanks to the generosity of many people from Southern Arizona,” Rob Barber, president of the January 8th Memorial Foundation said in a press release.

Pima County will oversee the memorial’s construction.

On Jan. 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a Congress On Your Corner event in Tucson when a gunman shot 19 people, including Giffords.

Six people were killed: 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green; 63-year-old U.S. District Judge John Roll; 30-year old Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords’ staffers; 76-year-old Dorthy “dot” Morris, a retired secretary from Oro Valley; 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard, a retired construction worker; and 79-year-old Phyllis Schneck, a homemaker.

Thirteen others were wounded, including then-congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Related: Community remembers those lost on January 8th

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