Thumbnail sketches of victims in Tucson shooting
Published: January 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm
A look at those killed and injured in Saturday’s deadly shooting in Arizona. Six people died; here are some details about their lives:
JOHN ROLL, 63
Named Arizona’s chief federal judge in 2006, U.S. District Judge John M. Roll won acclaim for a career as a respected jurist and leader who had pushed to beef up the court’s strained bench to handle a growing number of border crime-related cases. Roll was appointed to the federal bench in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. He previously served as a state trial judge and as a judge on the midlevel Arizona Court of appeals, and as a county and state prosecutor. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Church’s Tucson Diocese said Roll was an active parishioner. “He lived his faith as a servant of our nation for the cause of justice,” Kicanas said. Roll was a Pennsylvania native who got his law degree from the University of Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three sons, and five grandchildren.
CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, 9
Christina Taylor Green was only 9, but the third-grader already was an aspiring politician. Her parents say Christina had just been elected to the student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School and had been interested in politics from a young age. She already had told her parents she wanted to attend Penn State and have a career that involved helping those less fortunate than her. The brown-eyed athletic girl loved to swim with her 11-year-old brother Dallas, her lone sibling. Her mother, Roxanna Green, said Christina also loved animals, singing, dancing and gymnastics. She also was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team. Her grandfather, former major-league pitcher Dallas Green, managed the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies. Christina’s father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Christina was born on the tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001.
GABE ZIMMERMAN, 30
Gabe Zimmerman, the director of community outreach for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, handled thousands of issues raised by constituents out of the congresswoman’s offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista. Zimmerman was one of the Giffords staffers who organized many public events where voters could meet Giffords and talk to her about issues. Co-workers say Zimmerman, who had a master’s degree in social work, cared passionately about helping people. Zimmerman’s mother, Emily Nottingham, said politics was a good fit for him because it combined policy and making a difference for others. “He had a real interest in helping people and had a real caring for social justice,” Nottingham said. Zimmerman, who was engaged, had set a wedding date for 2012.
PHYLLIS SCHNECK, 79
When Phyllis Schneck and her husband retired, they spent their winters in Tucson and summers in their native Rutherford, N.J. “They didn’t want to ever have to deal with the snow again,” said Schneck’s daughter, B.J. Offutt of Colorado Springs, Colo. Schneck, who continued to return to Tucson in the winters even after her husband died in 2007, was a homemaker who raised her two daughters and one son and had a talent for cooking. In retirement, Schneck kept herself occupied by volunteering at her church. Her home in Tucson was less than four miles from the supermarket where the shooting took place. Offutt said her mother’s appearance at the store was surprising, because she normally shopped at a different store and wasn’t very political. Schneck is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
DORWIN STODDARD, 76
Everyone who knew Dorwin Stoddard thought he might die from one his numerous construction projects at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. During his latest project, he fell 20 feet when a ladder buckled, said his pastor and friend Michael Nowak. When the shooting started Saturday, he dove to the ground, covering his wife Mavy, who was shot in the leg three times. The couple had been grade school sweethearts growing up in Tucson. After their respective spouses died, they independently moved back to retire, became reacquainted and fell in love all over again. Mavy Stoddard talked to her husband, who was shot in the head, for 10 minutes while he breathed heavily. Then he stopped breathing. He had two sons from his first marriage, and Mavy has three daughters.
DOROTHY MORRIS, 76
Dorothy Morris, known to her friends as “Dot,” was a retired homemaker and secretary who lived north of Tucson in Oro Valley, Ariz. Dorothy died in the shooting. Her husband George, a former Marine and retired airline pilot, remains hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds. One of the couple’s daughters said George Morris tried to protect his wife of 50 years by throwing her to the ground and trying to get on top of her to shield her. The couple both grew up in Reno, Nev., and were high school sweethearts. They settled in Oro Valley around 1995. Sue Blinman, who lives next door in a retirement community, said the couple traveled extensively and escaped Tucson’s summer heat by heading up to their home in the eastern Arizona mountain community of Pinetop. “They were always good neighbors,” Blinman said.
Fourteen people were injured or wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; many have not yet been publicly identified. Here are some details:
RON BARBER, 65
Ron Barber is the district director for Giffords. Barber was shot in the leg and in the face and neck area. He remains in intensive care in serious condition. Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the Arizona Republic that Barber has worked with Giffords since she first went to Washington. Barber is a former administrator in the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s division of developmental disabilities. He retired in 2006 to work for Giffords. Charlie Deans, a longtime friend who lives in New Mexico, told the Albuquerque Journal that he spoke with Barber’s wife Nancy, and was told her husband is recovering. “They are concerned about Gabrielle Giffords and saying prayers for her and the other people,” Deans said.
Pam Simon works in community outreach for Giffords. Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the Arizona Republic that Simon has worked with Giffords since she first went to Washington, D.C.
Susan Hileman brought 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green to Giffords’ event because of the girl’s interest in politics. Hileman was holding hands with the girl, waiting to shake Giffords’ hand when shots were fired, said the woman’s husband, Bill Hileman. Susan Hileman was shot three times and is expected to recover, he said.
Eric Fuller, a survivor of the shooting spree, said “it was like a bad crime drama.” Fuller said on CBS “The Early Show” that he felt the bullet that hit his knee but didn’t know he had also been hit in the back. He said he didn’t know how to react and felt the victims “were in for more.” Fuller said he was lucky and feels fine physically but is outraged that Giffords was attacked.
George Morris is a former Marine and retired airline pilot. His wife, Dorothy, was killed in Saturday’s shooting. Morris remains hospitalized after suffering two gunshot wounds. One of the couple’s daughters said George Morris tried to protect his wife of 50 years by throwing her to the ground and trying to get on top of her to shield her. The couple both grew up in Reno, Nev., and were high school sweethearts. They settled in Oro Valley, Ariz., around 1995. Sue Blinman, who lives next door in a retirement community, said the couple traveled extensively and escaped Tucson’s summer heat by heading up to their home in the eastern Arizona mountain community of Pinetop. “They were always good neighbors,” Blinman said.
Mavy Stoddard was shot in the leg three times on Saturday. Her husband, Dorwin, dove to the ground and covered her when the shooting started. Dorwin did not survive. Stoddard talked to her husband, who was shot in the head, for 10 minutes while he breathed heavily. Then he stopped breathing. He had two sons from his first marriage, and Mavy has three daughters. The couple had been grade school sweethearts growing up in Tucson. After their respective spouses died, they independently moved back to retire, became reacquainted and fell in love all over again.
Mary Reed went to the Giffords event with her daughter, Emma McMahon, who worked as a congressional page for the congresswoman over the summer. Emma wanted to get a picture with Giffords, but the shooting started before they had a chance. Reed’s husband, Tom McMahon, and 13-year-old son, Owen, were nearby. Reed told the Arizona Republic that she pushed her daughter against a wall and covered her with her own body. Reed was shot in the back and in both arms. Her recovery will take a while, but she said was fortunate because her family is safe.
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