Victims, family tell Loughner their lives changed

Associated Press Published: November 8, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — Some of those shot by Jared Lee Loughner, their family members and those who lost loved ones in the rampage that killed six and wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spoke to him at sentencing hearing Thursday. A judge confirmed he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Here are some of their comments:

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MAVANELL STODDARD

"You took away my life, my love and my reason for living," said Mavanell Stoddard, who was shot three times and cradled her dying husband in her arms as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk after shielding her from the spray of bullets.

"I am so lonesome, hate living without him," she said, her voice cracking.

Her husband, 76-year-old Dorwin Stoddard, was shot in the head during the attack after diving to protect his wife. He lived another 10 minutes, then died in his wife's arms.

"You stopped our 15-year almost perfect marriage of total happiness," Mavanell Stoddard said, staring at Loughner. "You ended all that in an instant.

"But we will never let you win," she added. "You will not take our spirit. You will not take our ability to love."

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MARK KELLY, GIFFORDS' HUSBAND

Giffords didn't speak, but stood at her husband's side as he talked.

"Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered on that day," said Mark Kelly, former astronaut and Giffords' husband.

"Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family and her career have been immeasurably altered. Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she once was so good at."

"Gabby struggles to walk. Her right arm is paralyzed. She is partially blind," Kelly said. "Gabby works harder in one minute of an hour fighting to make each individual moment count for something than most of us work in an entire day."



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