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Gabby Giffords' Husband Releases Statement: 'There Is Little We Can Do but Pray'

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In his first public comments since the shooting of his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly thanks the first responders and ordinary citizens who rushed to help the victims of Saturday's rampage in Tucson.

Kelly, a veteran NASA astronaut, released a written statement Sunday night. Giffords remained in critical condition early Monday, according to doctors. Kelly has the assignment to command the next and last flight of the space shuttle, scheduled for spring, but that may now be in doubt given his need to care for his wife during a period that usually involves intensive training and preparation for the launch.

To those who have offered assistance to his family, Kelly says, "there is little we can do but pray." He suggests people make donations to Giffords' favorite charities in her name.

Kelly says when his wife was attacked, she was "doing what she loved most" -- talking to the people she represents.

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark KellyHe also expresses condolences to the families of the other victims.

The full statement is below.

On behalf of Gabby and our entire family, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Arizona and this great nation for their unbelievable outpouring of support. Gabby was doing what she loved most -- hearing from her constituents -- when this tragedy occurred. Serving Southern Arizonans is her passion, and nothing makes her more proud than representing them in Congress.

Like all Americans, we mourn the loss of Judge John M. Roll, Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabe Zimmerman, a fine man and beloved member of Gabby's team. We must never forget them, and our prayers are with their families. Our hearts go out to everyone injured yesterday; we hope and pray for their quick recovery. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders, medical personnel, law enforcement, and Arizona citizens who acted swiftly on Saturday and continue to assist our community through this tragedy. Many stories of heroism are emerging, and they are a source of strength for us during this difficult time. We are forever grateful.

Many of you have offered help. There is little that we can do but pray for those who are struggling. If you are inspired to make a positive gesture, consider two organizations that Gabby has long valued and supported: Tucson's Community Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

Community Food Bank
3003 S Country Club Rd # 221
Tucson, AZ 85713-4084
(520) 622-0525

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
2916 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 318-6740
Filed Under: Arizona Shooting

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I can only pray for you both during ths time of need. May God wrap his arms
around you both and heal the congress woman and guide and protect you Mark . My prayes are will everyone.

January 11 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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