Photos: Capitol room dedicated to slain Giffords staffer

Photos: Capitol room dedicated to slain Giffords staffer

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: (L-R) U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) attend the dedication ceremony of the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center April 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. A member of Giffords' Congressional staff, Gabriel Zimmerman was murdered during a shooting spree January 8, 2011 that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 1:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker John Boehner and former Rep. Gabby Giffords were on hand Tuesday to dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center to a congressional staffer slain two years ago in the Tucson, Ariz.. attack that critically wounded Giffords and took six lives.

Click here to see photos from the dedication.

Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director, was the only staffer ever killed in the line of duty and Boehner pointed out that the meeting room named in his honor was the first room in the Capitol complex to be dedicated to a staff member. Zimmerman was 30 when he was killed.

Biden, like other speakers, referred to Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon in telling the room full of family and friends that "at the most difficult times is when we stand closest together."

Giffords' husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, speaking on behalf of Giffords, also recalled how Zimmerman ran toward the wounded congresswoman and other victims when a gunman opened fire at a gathering outside a Tucson supermarket. "Putting himself in the service of others was his last act."

Giffords, who was shot in the head and still has difficulty speaking, was in Washington with her husband to urge the Senate to pass legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.

Others speaking at the ceremony included Zimmerman's parents, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Ron Barber, another Giffords aide who was injured in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting and later succeeded Giffords as the representative in the southern Arizona district.

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