During President's Visit, Tucson Begins Healing Process

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After a shooting spree over the weekend that left six people dead and a U.S. Congresswoman in critical condition, President Barack Obama flew to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday to offer his condolences to the community. Obama spoke last night at service titled, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America." Despite the occasion for grief, many at the rally seemed energized, in part by the news that during the president's visit to her hospital bed, Rep. Giffords (D-Ariz.) opened her eyes for the first time since the attack. It was estimated that more than 14,000 people were in attendance. 

Earlier in the week, more than 1,000 mourners attended St. Odilia Catholic Church to pay tribute to Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was shot and killed.

We talk with Christopher "Buzz" Conover, local reporter at KUAT Public Radio who is covering the memorial services. He's spoken with local members of the community about how they are coping during this time of crisis.

Dr. Robert Shelton, president of the University of Arizona explains how he believes the community will recover from this tragedy.

Guests:

Christopher "Buzz" Conover and Dr. Robert Shelton

Produced by:

Kate McGough

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