Tucson moves 'Beyond' tragedyPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- All across Tucson this weekend people took the time to remember January 8, 2011. It was a day that shattered lives and shook the community. But one year later the community is coming together.
At around 7:00 Saturday morning, to the beat of a drum, Tucson tried to move "Beyond" the tragedy.
"It's a very uplifting time," said Ross Zimmerman.
Ross Zimmerman lost his son Gabe on January 8. In the weeks after, his family wanted to do something to commemorate that tragic day.
What came about was "Beyond," a series of more than 30 events-- everything from dancing at Reid Park, to a festival of democracy at PCC-- inspired by Gabrielle Giffords' Congress on Your Corner.
"One thing about Tucson is that we're all such a tight community that nobody is that far removed from somebody that was at that Safeway and so tomorrow is going to be a really tough day and one of the reasons for doing today was to kind of fortify ourselves," said Beyond volunteer David Higuera.
The day's events wrapped up with a ceremony at Kino Stadium. Tucsonans donned their white January 8 bracelets, and prayed.
"It's just right that we gather again to remember the people we lost and celebrate the lives that were saved," said shooting survivor Ron Barber.
Musicians from university high school, attended by both Giffords and Gabe Zimmerman, played a tribute song for the victims.
When dusk fell community members held a candle, the light a symbol of strength and togetherness one year later.
Beyond organizers hope it will turn into an annual event that will continue bringing the community together in years to come.