LULAC Shocked at Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others in Tucson Arizona

January 8, 2011

Contact: Lizette Olmos, (202) 833-6130

Tucson, Arizona—LULAC National President Margaret Moran expressed shock and sorrow about the appalling shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others in Tucson, Arizona. “Our hearts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords and the victims of today’s horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona,” stated Ms. Moran. “Congresswoman Giffords has been a tremendous leader for her district and a strong supporter of LULAC programs in the Tucson area. We hope and pray for those who were injured by the gunman.”

Former LULAC National Vice President for the Southwest Richard Fimbres, who resides in Tucson said the following: “The entire LULAC community in Tucson is deeply saddened by this terrible shooting in our city. Gabby and her staff have been especially supportive of the Latino community in Tucson and we are stunned by this outrageous violence against a member of Congress and her staff. We are praying for her and all those who have been injured and we mourn the loss of those who have perished today.”

Among those who have reportedly died are a 9 year old child and Judge John Roll who presided over cases involving vigilante ranchers along our border with Mexico. Congresswoman Giffords narrowly won reelection to Congress last November in a heated campaign in which immigration and health care were among the most contentious issues.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 880 LULAC councils nationwide.

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