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Nation Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Tucson Shootings: Candlelight Vigil At DC's Shiloh Baptist Church

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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Dozens of electric candles were lit at the Shiloh Baptist Church in northwest Washington Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which left six people dead and 13 others injured, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The candlelight vigil and prayer service, organized by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, was held to honor not only the victims of the Tucson shooting, but all 30,000 people who died in the United States in 2011 alone as the result of gun violence.  

Nardyne Jeffries, whose 16-year-old daughter Brishell was shot to death in southeast Washington in 2010, was one of the event's speakers.

"I will never see my daughter get married, finish college, she didn't even attend a prom," Jeffries said.

The ceremony at Shiloh Baptist was one of 60 similar events in 22 states all across the country on Sunday, where poignant remembrances of the victims of gun violence mixed with passionate calls for increased regulations of guns.

Colin Goddard was shot four times during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.  He now travels the country for the Brady Campaign, trying, he says, to send a simple, but powerful message, which he shared Sunday night.  

"We are on the side of angels and...working together we can help save lives," Goddard said.

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