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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Dorothy Morris: Arizona shooting victim, married to high school sweetheart, and mother

By Theola Labbe-DeBose. James Buck and Melissa Bell
Dorothy Morris
Dorothy Morris (AP/The Arizona Republic)

Dorothy Morris, 76, and her husband George went to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-AZ) Congress on the Corner event in Tucson, only to be caught in the line of fire. Dorothy Morris was declared dead on the scene, while her husband remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Tucson, the Reno Gazette-Journal writes.

The couple were Reno High School sweethearts, according to the Gazette-Journal, and have two daughters, Kim Hardy and Tori Nelson, who live in Las Vegas.

Neighbors said the Morrises moved to Tucson more than a decade ago from Nevada. Dorothy was a secretary and homemaker; George, who was shot in the shoulder, is a former pilot for United Airlines and the Marine Corps.

The corps flag and a U.S. flag flew daily outside their home, neighbors said. They were often seen walking around their retirement community, called Sun City Vistoso, and Dorothy went to a local Bible study class.

The couple would go away in the winter, in their camper, to visit children in Oregon. A few years ago, their children threw them a 50th anniversary party, inviting some of the neighbors.

"Nice people, not a bad word to say about them," said Marie Bender, one of their neighbors.

By Theola Labbe-DeBose. James Buck and Melissa Bell  | January 10, 2011; 8:05 AM ET
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I do not know what I can say, or even whether this is the right forum to say it in.

I have no real comment to provide, I just wanted to offer my condolences to Mrs. Morris' loved ones and especially to her husband, George Morris; to whom I also wish him a safe and full recovery.

I cannot imagine the grief and the shock you all must be going through, and while I realize that words are hollow nomads in this time of sorrow, I offer this letter nonetheless. With it, i offer my prayers and the prayers of my community.

Our nation has been dealt a great loss this past week, and we mourn for you. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, and I am sure that Mrs. Morris, along with Chrstina, Darwan, Gabe, John and Phyllis, are in Good Hands

Thank you and God be with you

Posted by: nikbhat | January 11, 2011 3:47 AM | Report abuse

To Mr. Morris

I would like to start by saying that we as a nation are grateful for your recovery and we are honored to have you among us.

Mr. Morris, I had posted a comment earlier that was directed to your whole family, and I would like to say to you specifically that I cannot imagine the extent of your loss, but my family's prayers are with you and yours. May Dot find peace in green fields, with the sun on her face.

I hope you know that a nation mourns beside you. And I hope this offers you some small comfort.

It is an honor sir.


Posted by: nikbhat | January 13, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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