"Mr. Loughner, for the first and last time, you are going to hear directly from Gabby and
me about what you took away on January 8th, 2011 and, just as important, what you did not.
So pay attention.
"That bright and chilly Saturday morning, you killed six innocent people. Daughters and sons.
Mothers and fathers. Grandparents and friends. They were devoted to their families,
their communities, their places of worship.
"Gabby would trade her own life to bring back any one of those you savagely murdered on that day.
Especially young Christina-Taylor Green, whose high-minded ideas about service and democracy
deserved a full life committed to advancing them. Especially 30-year old Gabe Zimmerman, whom
Gabby knew well and cherished, and whose love for his family and his fiancee and service to his
country were as deep as his loss is tragic. Especially Judge John Roll whom Gabby was honored
to call a colleague and friend and from whose interminable dedication to our community and country
she gained enormous inspiration. Gabby would give anything to take away the grief you visited upon
the Morrises, the Schnecks, and the Stoddards – anything to heal the bodies and psyches of your other victims.
"And then there is what you took from Gabby. Her life has been forever changed. Plans she had for our family
and her career have been immeasurably altered. Every day is a continuous struggle to do those things she
was once so very good at. Gabby is a people person: she exudes kindness, creativity, and compassion.
If she were not born with the name – "Gabby" – someone would have given it to her. Now she struggles t
o deliver each and every sentence. Her gift for language can now only be seen in Internet videos from a more innocent time.
I wonder if Mark Kelley has ever thought about a career in politics. He has the intelligence, the passion, the personality, the physical fitness, and the progressive viewpoint; plus he has his wonderful wife, Gabby.