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PHOENIX (AP) - Major League Baseball had a special connection to the Tucson shooting that killed six people and wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this year, a fact that made its pregame ceremonies at the All-Star game Tuesday all the more moving.
Those killed and the 13 wounded on Jan. 8, their families and a hero from that day were honored at Chase Field.
Green’s parents and brother quietly delivered lineup cards to the umpires, who shook hands with each of them.
The names of those who died were listed on the ballpark’s giant screen during a moment of silence, a giant U.S. flag spread across the outfield. Survivors and relatives of those shot outside the Arizona supermarket watched from behind the third-base dugout, guests of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Giffords is undergoing outpatient therapy just outside of Houston for a gunshot wound to the head. She was released from the hospital last month and is staying at astronaut husband Mark Kelly’s home in League City, a town 26 miles south of Houston. She has visited Tucson once since the shooting to celebrate Father’s Day weekend.
Jared Lee Loughner, wrestled to the ground at the scene of the shooting, has pleaded not guilty to 49 federal charges. He is in a Missouri mental facility after experts determined he suffers from schizophrenia and a judge ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial.
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