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January 12th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Husband of wounded woman, neighbor of killed girl speaks

Suzie Hileman was at Representative Giffords' constituent event in Tucson, AZ when bullets started flying. She was hit three times but the bullets missed her internal organs, sparing her life.

Bill Hileman, Suzie's husband, says his wife's physical ailments will be easier to get over than the emotional toll; the Hilemans are neighbors of the Green family and were very close with the youngest victim of the shooting, Christina Green, who lost her life. Suzie was the one who brought the patriotic nine-year-old to Giffords' event and was holding her hand when she was shot. Bill Hileman tells CNN's Alina Cho about his wife's condition and about the words he exchanged with Christina Green's parents after her death.


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  1. Lorena

    Such a terrible thing for all of you to deal with. My heart certainly goes out to all involved. I have tremendous admiration for the way all of you are handling this and your degree of maturity and compassion for one another. You are all very special people. God's blessings to all of you.
    May you find comfort in his love.

    January 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Steve

    As all of this is discussed, debated, and otherwise thought about, I felt it important to note a very important thing. We continually hear this theory, coming from far right politicians and pundits primarily, that violent tv and video games, Heavy metal and rap songs, and other violent imagery in our culture is a root cause of increased violence in our youth. Today we have a prime example of a disturbed young man committing egregious acts of violence and now there is no way that images of crosshairs over people and "don't retreat, reload" has nothing to do with it? I think not.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Eric

    R.I.P Christina Green!

    January 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm |