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Giffords to co-chair campaign for Tucson shooting memorial

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pumps her fist as she testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. Giffords will begin a nine-state tour in Maine on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, where she will advocate for tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families. Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, will seek to elevate the issue of gun violence against women and push for state and federal action to make it more difficult for domestic abusers to get a hold of firearms. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pumps her fist as she testifies before a Washington state House panel in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

TUCSON — Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will co-chair a fundraising effort for a permanent memorial honoring victims of the deadly January 2011 Tucson shooting that left her wounded.

The January 8 Memorial Foundation announced Wednesday that Giffords will serve as honorary co-chair of the campaign, which is aiming to raise $4 million.

In a statement, Giffords says a permanent memorial will inspire generations to help make the lives of others better.

Jim Click Jr., co-owner of a Tucson automotive dealer group, has also been named a co-chair.

Foundation officials say funds would go toward a memorial in Tucson’s El Presidio Park and one in the Pima County Courthouse. They say funding is also needed for a website that will contain oral histories as told by survivors and first responders.

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