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Obama calls for moment of silence at 11 a.m. Monday for victims of Arizona shootings

President Obama calls for flags to be flown at half-staff and a moment of 'prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.'

January 09, 2011|By Michael Muskal | Los Angeles Times
  • President Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in the hallway outside the Situation Room of the White House about the shootings that killed six people and injured 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
President Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in the hallway outside… (Pete Souza / The White House…)

President Obama has ordered a moment of silence and for flags at U.S. public buildings and military facilities to be flown at half-staff for the victims of the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the White House announced Sunday.

At 11 a.m. EST on  Monday, “I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., including those still fighting for their lives,” Obama said in a prepared statement. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

Six people, including a federal judge, were killed in the Saturday attack. Fourteen people, including Rep. Giffords, were injured.

Giffords on Sunday was listed in critical condition after brain surgery.

Obama also ordered that flags be flow at half-staff until sunset on Friday.

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