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House Pays Tribute To Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Shooting Victims (LIVE UPDATES)

01/12/2011 10:38 am 10:38:44 | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON -- The House is honoring victims of Saturday's shootings in Tuscon, including one of its own.

Republican Speaker John Boehner opened the session of remembrances and tributes to the 19 people shot, six fatally.

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Later Wednesday, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and other lawmakers are flying with President Barack Obama to Arizona to console the victims and their families.

New information, meanwhile, has surfaced about a confrontation between alleged shooter Jared Laughner and his father on the morning of his rampage.

Mysterious black bag in hand, Loughner ran into the desert, his angry father in futile pursuit of his truck.

Hours after Randy Loughner's confrontation with his 22-year-old son Saturday morning, six people were shot dead and more than a dozen others wounded - and Jared Loughner was in custody.

The sheriff's deputies who swarmed the Loughners' house removed what they describe as evidence Jared Loughner was targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who doctors said Tuesday was breathing on her own for the first time after taking a bullet to the forehead. Among the handwritten notes was one with the words "Die, bitch," which authorities told The Associated Press they believe was a reference to Giffords.

Investigators with the Pima County Sheriff's Department previously said they found handwritten notes in Loughner's safe reading "I planned ahead," "My assassination" and "Giffords." Capt. Chris Nanos said all the writings were either in an envelope or on a form letter Giffords' office sent him in 2007 after he signed in at one of her "Congress on Your Corner" events - the same kind of gathering where the massacre occurred.

On the morning of the shooting, a mumbling Jared Loughner fled after his father asked him why he was removing a black bag from the trunk of a family car, said Nanos and Rick Kastigar, chief of the department's investigations bureau. Investigators are still searching for the bag.

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01/21/2011 3:05 PM EST

Welcome To Houston

Giffords' flight has arrived in Houston, KOLD reports.

01/21/2011 2:45 PM EST

En Route To Texas

Rep. Giffords is heading towards Houston. The Arizona congresswoman's trip includes portions via ambulance, helicopter and jet. The AP reports that she will "undergo weeks of rigorous therapy."

01/21/2011 2:43 PM EST

Leaving Arizona

Photos of Rep. Giffords' motorcade earlier on Friday as she began the trip to Houston.

01/20/2011 11:10 PM EST

Shooting Victim Recounts Judge's Heroism

AP reports on one victim's memories of Judge John Roll's heroic actions the day the tragic shootings rocked Tucson:

Ron Barber can remember the small details of the Tucson rampage: The gunman, the crackle of gunfire, lying on the ground, wounded, and the weight of a body on him.

A week and a half later, Barber found out that it was his good friend John Roll.

Then he learned the federal judge may have helped save his life.

Full story here.

01/20/2011 10:32 PM EST

Statement From Judge Roll's Widow

Judge John Roll's wife, Maureen, has issued a statement in response to her husband's tragic death and the events that unfolded in Tucson, AZ Central reports:

There are no words to describe how my world was shattered on Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011. Not only did I lose John Roll, my husband and best friend of more than 40 years, but our three sons lost a wonderful father and our grandchildren their beloved papa. But something else happened that day and in the days that have followed.

Read the full statement here.

01/20/2011 10:28 PM EST

PHOTO: Giffords Goes Outside

Giffords' family reported that she felt the sunshine on her face today for the first time since she was shot. Her office released the below photograph of the congresswoman's bed on a hospital deck, with husband Mark Kelly by her side.

01/20/2011 10:12 PM EST

Giffords Transferring To Houston Friday

Arizona's KFDA reports that Congresswoman Giffords will be transferred to Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital at 9am local time tomorrow:

Officials at University Medical Center in Tucson say the congresswoman is expected to leave shortly after 9 a.m. local time and travel by ambulance to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a medical flight to Texas.

A group of motorcycle riders from a Veterans of Foreign Wars post will escort the ambulance.

Once in Houston, she will be taken by helicopter to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital.

Traveling with Giffords will be her husband, Mark Kelly; her mother, Gloria Giffords; trauma surgeon Dr. Peter Rhee and an intensive care unit nurse.

Full article here.

01/19/2011 11:05 PM EST

Death Penalty For Loughner?

AZ Central reports on the terms of Loughner's indictments, and what would constitute the death penalty:

Superseding indictments could come as early as 60 days in the murders of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman. Sources indicated that the indictments would be done piecemeal in order to meet constitutional requirements.

The federal criminal code allows penalties of up to life in prison for an attempted assassination of a member of Congress. When federal murder charges follow, prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Full story here.

01/19/2011 11:03 PM EST

Surveillance Video Shows Gunman Shooting Giffords

The AP reports on a video that has surfaced of the shooting rampage:

John Roll was called a fair federal judge and a loving family man at his funeral. Now, some are also calling him a hero.

Surveillance footage of the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson showed that he used his body as a shield to cover an injured man. Roll then took a bullet to the back, and lost his life in the process.

Full story here.

01/19/2011 11:02 PM EST

Giffords Family Weighs Rehabilitation Course

The AP reports:

Giffords' family hopes to move the Arizona congresswoman on Friday to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston, where her husband lives and works as an astronaut. The exact day of the move will depend on her health.

"I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting," Mark Kelly said in a statement released by Giffords' congressional office. The staff at University Medical Center in Tucson "has stabilized her to the point of being ready to move to the rehabilitation phase."

Full story here.

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