Tragedy in Tucson - Time to Heal

Jul 20, 2011 5:02 PM

Lawmakers unveil effort to honor aide to Giffords

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers say they hope to honor the first congressional aide murdered while performing official duties by naming a meeting room at the Capitol Visitor Center in his honor.

Gabriel Zimmerman served as the community outreach director for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and was one of six people killed in January during a shooting rampage outside a supermarket in Tucson.

Arizona lawmakers joined Zimmerman's family during a news conference Wednesday announcing the effort, which will require Congress to pass a resolution.

Zimmerman's mother, Emily Nottingham, said she hoped her son's work and ideals would be remembered more so than his death when visitors come to the Capitol.

Lawmakers said Zimmerman epitomized the thousands of congressional aides who work to help constituents and for the public good.

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