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Construction continues on Jan. 8 memorial

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TUCSON - At the historic presidio courtyard in downtown Tucson, adjacent to the old Pima County Courthouse, work continues on a permanent January 8th memorial.

On Jan. 8, 2011 six people were killed and 13 others wounded in a mass shooting during a Congress On Your Corner event inside the Safeway at Ina and Oracle roads. Former Tucson Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.

The memorial marking that day will serve as a permanent symbol of resilience and courage in the face of tragedy.

"Above all, I think it's going to be a huge source of healing for our community," said Crystal Kasnoff, a member of the January 8th Memorial board. "If you've been in Tucson for any length of time you know someone who's been affected or you have a friend who knows someone who was affected in this tragedy. The community has come together to show it's love."

Kasnoff told News 4 Tucson, the grand opening of this memorial will be Jan. 8, 2021.

"Ten years, an entire decade since the tragedy will mean a lot to this city and provide a sense of place," Kasnoff said. "The opportunity to have a place that is significant for our children to come together to learn about how to be peaceful with each other, how to work with each other like our community did after this tragedy is an invaluable lesson."

Kasnoff argued that the presidio is the ideal spot for this creation.

"This has always been a place where people can come and have a voice, a civic voice and that's really what this is about," she said.

Eric Fink

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