Arizona governor asks residents to pray for victims

TUCSON, Arizona Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:12pm EST

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer speaks at a news conference, November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer speaks at a news conference, November 1, 2010.

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TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked Arizonans on Tuesday to pray for the victims of a Tucson shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 14.

Devoting most of her annual State of the State speech to the rampage, Brewer called it "something dark and ugly", according to a transcript of the speech released by her office.

Among those injured in the shooting on Saturday were Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who investigators believe was the shooter's principal target, and who remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Killed were a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl and four others.

The suspect in the shooting, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, is being held pending a January 24 preliminary hearing on five charges, including the attempted assassination of Giffords.

"There is no way to measure what Tucson and all of Arizona lost in that moment," Brewer said. "The statistics -- six dead, 14 wounded -- in no way explain the depth of this tragedy."

After paying tribute to the victims, the governor said: "So I ask you to join me in a moment of silence, to pray for those we've lost, the injured and the suffering."

Brewer became Arizona governor in 2009 when Janet Napolitano resigned to head the Department of Homeland Security. She won election in November to her first full term in office.

Brewer came under the national spotlight, and fierce criticism from immigrant rights activists and others, in April when she signed into law a state measure cracking down on illegal immigration.

(Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Comments (3)
BushmanJohn wrote:
ok, i do agree that the whole situation is/was unfortunate, and of course i feel for the families of the victims, but come on…..why is it that when something like this happens, everyone has to beat it to a bloody pulp? i can tell you exactly why. so the politicians and gun grabbers can try to pass bunches of new gun laws and figure out more ways to spend more US taxpayers money, like try to get it setup so they can have their own personal body guards. BLAH!…..what a joke…..when are these idiots going to realize that they will continue to push and push and push until the people of the united states are going to get so fed up that they start another civil war and clean them out. do they really think for one second that if a civil war started that our us military soldiers will want to shoot at and arrest us citizens, especially for standing up for their own rights? i dont think so, not for a second, especially when the person they could be shooting at may be their mother, father, brother or sister, or maybe even their best friend.i have a good idea we can expect to see lots more of this sort of violence in the future from half crazed disgruntled citizens tired of getting the runaround by idiot lawmakers who think their above the law and have cart blanc to do what they wish.

Jan 11, 2011 6:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SingleStepper wrote:
Asking people to pray because a victim was a congress woman?
Or just banging on a drum to be televised.

I can’t wait for the next newsworthy story to put this one behind us.

Jan 11, 2011 6:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Marcus1000 wrote:
Okay, everyone knew Palin was asking for exactly this kind of action. Well she got it. So is this old war bird the next to advocate murdering Democrats? How about Peter King that wants special prosocution of anyone shooting or carrying a gun around Congresmen? That great King (R). Special protection for politicians , while they are the ones that are fomenting rage and violence. No. Sue Palin! Say NO to King and vote these stoopid dinosaurs out. They’re out of touch. They’re massive liars. They’re greedy and they obviously have all of us in their sights!

Jan 11, 2011 11:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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