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“The last 12 days have been extraordinarily difficult for myself, my family, but not only us,” Kelly said. “I think it’s been very difficult for the city of Tucson, southern Arizona and our country.

“I don’t think we’re going to ever fully understand the why and the how and the reason for what happened,” he said.

Kelly added that Giffords would be proud of the way Tucson has responded. Memorials continued to grow Thursday outside the hospital, in front of her office and at the scene of the shooting.

“I know one of the first things Gabby is going to want to do as soon as she’s able to is start writing thank you notes,” he said.



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Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione reported from Houston.