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‘You ruined my life,’ Arizona church member’s widow tells shooting rampage gunman


Arizona shooting victims Mavy and Dorwan Stoddard at a Mountain Avenue Church of Christ event several years ago. (Photo by Jennifer Glidden)

Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced to life in prison today for the 2011 Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people, including Dorwan Stoddard, a member of the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ in Tucson.
Stoddard’s widow, Mavy, who survived the shooting that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle.gif?Action=thumbnail&Width=460&algorithm=proportionalfords, testified at today’s hearing.
CNN reports:

Mavy Stoddard, the wife of Dorwan Stoddard, who died in the shooting, testifies: “When you shot my precious husband Dorwan Stoddard, you ruined my life.”
Mavy Stoddard attended the Tucson event with her husband.
“Somehow, when you shot him, I got out from under him. … I was screaming, ‘Oh God, oh God, help me,'” she said.
“I said to him, ‘Breathe deeply,’ and he did. Therefore, I believe that he heard me say, ‘I love you.'”
He died in her arms about 10 minutes later, she said. “Then I passed out because you had shot me three times. … You took away my life my love my reason for living,” she said.

Read The Christian Chronicle’s front-page coverage of Dorwan Stoddard’s death last year.

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