Victim's families tell their story

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- For the first time, Tuesday, family members of the victims spoke at the medical briefing for victims of Saturday's tragic shooting.  They were unanimous in their praise for the response and treatment their family members received at University Medical Center. 

The stepdaughters of Darwan Stoddard confirmed reports that when the shots began, he jumped on his wife to protect her.  He died.  She survived.

Penny Wilson and Angela Robinson, both of Tucson, said Darwan and Mavy Stoddard first met in the sixth grade, married other people, both were widowed and later reunited and married 15 years ago in Tucson.

Bill Hileman, the wife of Susie Hileman, said his wife had invited 9-year-old Christina Green to go to the event.  He said they were standing in line, hand in hand, when both were shot.  Christina died at UMC.  Susie is undergoing surgery today for her hip.  He said the bullets that struck her hit no organs or the spine.

Hileman said he played phone tag with John Green, Christina's father, but they did speak last night and, "cried for about ten minutes."

In a terrifying admission, he said his wife, while under the influence of morphine, has cried out several times, "Christina! Christina! Let's get out of here!"

He said he did speak with her and told her that Christina had died in the attack.

A "Mass for Healing" for the community will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Odilia Catholic Church at 7570 North Paseo del Norte in Tucson.  Most Reverend Gerrald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, will preside.

The mass will be streamed live on this website.