Safeway unveils memorial at Tucson shooting site

January 8, 2012 • Business

The Safeway store where U.S. Rep Gabrielle GIffords was shot, is shown Dec. 15, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. The one-year anniversary of [auth] the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the parking lot of the grocery store is Sunday. Arizona is marking the event with a series of events, including community-wide bell-ringing at the moment of the attack, speeches on behalf of the victims, and an evening candlelight vigil that Giffords will attend. (AP Photo/Matt York)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Safeway Inc. has built a memorial at its Tucson supermarket where six people were shot to death and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others wounded.

The company announced Saturday that it had completed the memorial near the spot where the shooting happened. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting.

Safeway Phoenix division president Dan Valenzuela issued a statement saying the company wants to make sure the shooting site remains respected.

Spokeswoman Nancy Keane says no formal ceremony was held.

The memorial was built in a landscaped area next to the store entrance. It consists of a large granite boulder circled by six smaller granite boulders. The circle of rocks represents the six lives lost, and the larger boulder represents the wounded and “Tucson’s unbreakable spirit.”

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