Candlelight Vigil for Tucson victims to be held in Fresno


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Jared Loughner appeared in a Phoenix courtroom Monday charged with murder, attempted murder and attempted assassination of a member of Congress.

Loughner's mother and father did not attend the hearing, but neighbors say they are distraught.

Loughner's bizarre behavior convinced his Pima Community College classmates and teachers the 22-year-old was capable of violence.

"This guy was not complying unfortunately and seemed to be quite a threat to our class," said math teacher Ben McGahee.

In an email to a friend, One of Loughner's classmates shared those same concerns. "Hopefully he will be out of class very soon and not come back with an automatic weapon.."

Under Arizona law any of his classmates or teachers could have called authorities to request Loughner be evaluated for mental illness. Records show no such call was ever made.

Saturday's shooting injured 14, and killed 6. The intended target of this attack was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition. Doctors say she is stabilized, and continues to follow simple commands -- small but crucial victories.

"Each of those tell me each of those are working, in coordination to understand what I'm saying and carrying out what I've asked," said Chief of Neurosurgery Dr. Michael LeMole with the University Medical Center.

The first official Mass for the shooting victims will take place Tuesday night. Wednesday, President Obama will travel to Tucson to attend a memorial for those who died.

A local vigil will be held in honor of the shooting victims starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the KMJ Studios on Shaw Avenue near Palm. It is scheduled to last until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Candlelight Vigil for Tucson Victims at the KMJ Studios
In light of the tragic events that unfolded in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, January 8, with the senseless shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords and others, that resulted in the deaths of:

- U.S. District Court Judge John Roll

- 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green

- 30-year-old Gifford aide, Gabe Zimmerman

- 76-year-old Dorothy Morris

- 76-year-old Dorwin Stoddard

- 79-year-old Phyllis Schneck

Another 14 other innocent people were injured.

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee is organizing a candlelight vigil for Tuesday, January 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm in front of the KMJ studio on Shaw Avenue one block west of Palm Avenue (1071 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno). They will gather on the public sidewalk.

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