Giffords at vigil marking attack anniversary

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | by

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of an attack on the Jewish congresswoman and her constituents at a political event.

Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, attended the Jan. 8 candlelight vigil at the University of Arizona. The commemoration included an interfaith prayer service at a local church, during which a rabbi blew a shofar.

Six people were killed and a dozen injured in the attack in Tucson by alleged gunman Jared Lee Loughner.

Giffords, the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona, was shot in the head and continues to undergo intensive therapy. The three-term Democrat is planning to run again if her health permits it, according to reports.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges connected with the shooting. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but was found fit to stand trial. — jta