Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend events Sunday marking the anniversary of a shooting rampage that left six people dead in southern Arizona.
The Democrat was the target of the January 8, 2011, mass shooting in the parking lot of a Tucson supermarket during a constituent meet-and-greet. Prosecutors accuse Jared Loughner, 23, of the attack that also injured 13 people.
Giffords is still recovering from the head shooting. She has made few public appearances since the incident with a few notable exceptions such as casting a vote raising the federal debt ceiling and an interview with ABC.
She has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation in Houston, but has returned to Tucson four times since the shooting, according to her office.
Last week, Giffords returned to Arizona for memorial events that included unveiling a plaque in memory of Gabe Zimmerman, one of her aides shot in the rampage, and visiting a trailhead named in Zimmerman's honor, according to pictures on her Facebook page.
Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, will take part in a vigil on the University of Arizona campus.
"Congresswoman Giffords wanted to be back in Tucson for this very emotional weekend," Pia Carusone, her chief of staff, said in a statement. "She felt it was important to be in her hometown with her family, staff members and a few close friends."
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron and Dr. Peter Rhee, one of Giffords doctors, will also participate in Sunday's event. The emcee will be Ron Barber, Giffords' district director who was shot and wounded in last year's incident.FULL STORY