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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's been 12 months since the January 8 shooting in Tucson, which survivors say at times went by quickly and at other times 'grindingly slow.'
It brought Tucson to the forefront of the nation's attention and brought the nation's president to Tucson.
There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this, the hopes of the nation are here tonight. - President Obama
The shooting itself left 6 dead and 13 wounded. The days that followed brought community support in the form of makeshift memorials outside University Medical Center, Safeway, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office.
Those lost, laid to rest. Those who survived, beginning the recovery process.
Late January, the congresswoman was transferred to a rehab facility in Houston.
As the weeks went by, heroes continued to be honored and victims remembered. A baseball field was named for the youngest who died, Christina Taylor Green.
She's not here. that's very difficult, we can't bring her back, but I think the way this community has come together makes us proud. - John Green
As the community continued to grow closer in mourning, the accused killer began his court proceedings. Jared Loughner was deemed incompetent to stand trial in May, following a disturbing outburst.
Gabby's progress became visible when she made a surprise vote on the Congress floor in August to raise the debt ceiling.
And in November we finally heard her voice in a primetime interview on ABC.
As preparations began late in 2011 for the anniversary, Congress named a capital meeting room after congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman, one of the victims killed.
Looking forward to the next 12 months, Congresswoman Giffords must decide whether to run for re-election and a judge will determine whether accused shooter Jared Loughner is competent to stand trial.