Tucson Shooting Victim Had Local Ties

Giffords staffer spent time in Santa Cruz.

By Mathew Luschek
|  Monday, Jan 10, 2011  |  Updated 3:54 PM PDT
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One of the six people killed during Saturday's shooting in Arizona was a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, reports The Santa Cruz Sentinal.

Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, was born and raised in Tucson, but achieved a sociology degree from UC Santa Cruz and graduated with honors in 2002.

Zimmerman went on to be Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' community out reach director, organizing the "Congress on Your Corner" event where the shooting took place in Tucson.

Zimmerman's father said, "We remember Santa Cruz very fondly. He did well and really loved the school and made some close friends there. I was very pleased with the education he got."

 

In a statement, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal called Zimmerman's death "a tragic loss for all of us."

"On behalf of the entire UC Santa Cruz community, my wife Kelly and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Gabriel Zimmerman's family, friends and colleagues," Blumenthal said. "Gabe's work on behalf of the people of Arizona's 8th congressional district reflected his passionate commitment to the value of public service."

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