Obama calls for silence for Tucson shooting victims

January 10, 2011 10:02 am 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday called for a moment of silence for victims of a shooting rampage that killed 6 people and critically wounded Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords a day before.

In a statement, Obama calls for the nation to "observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims" at 11 a.m. eastern standard time Monday.

"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," said Obama. He will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn.

In addition, Obama also ordered flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, as well as at all military posts.

Giffords, a third-term Congresswoman from Arizona, on Saturday was shot in the head at an appearance with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona. The attack, which apparently targeted the congresswoman, killed six people and wounded 13 others. (PNA/Xinhua)

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