As night fell, candles at the makeshift memorial began to flicker. A mariachi band played the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Few people survive a bullet to the brain _ just 10 percent _ and some who do end up in a vegetative state. It is even more rare for people with gunshot wounds to the head to regain all of their abilities, and doctors have cautioned that the full extent of Giffords‘ recovery remains uncertain.
Among those killed was Giffords‘ popular community outreach director, Gabe Zimmerman.
At funeral services for Zimmerman Sunday, Kelly told the some 700 people gathered that his wife was inspired by Zimmerman’s idealism and warmth, according to the Arizona Republic.
“Gabby and I spoke often about Gabe. She loved him like a younger brother,” Kelly said. “I know someday she’ll get to tell you herself how she felt about Gabe.”
The funeral followed others, including one for the youngest victim, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green last week.
Her father, John Green, told The Boston Globe some of her organs were donated to a young girl in the Boston area, but he didn’t have any other details.
He said they were once again proud of their daughter, “who has done another amazing thing.”
Meanwhile, more details emerged Monday about one of shooting victims who became distraught and was arrested during a televised town hall meeting.
James Eric Fuller, a military veteran and self-described liberal, started ranting at the end of the program Saturday. He took a picture of Tucson tea party leader Trent Humphries and yelled “you’re dead.”
Fuller apologized Monday through his girlfriend, Dorothy Deruyter. Fuller has been in a hospital since being involuntarily committed Saturday for a mental health evaluation but wrote a statement and called Deruyter, who read it to The Associated Press on Monday.
Fuller apologized to Humphries for his “misplaced outrage.”
“It was not in the spirit of our allegiance and warm feelings of each other as citizens of this great country,” Fuller said in the statement.
Deruyter told The Associated Press that Fuller sounded on the phone like he was doing well but not quite like himself.
“He sounded very, very remorseful for one thing,” she said. “He wasn’t his buoyant personality but he wasn’t angry either, and he realizes it was an inappropriate statement.”