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Updated Nov 8, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Victim's father to skip Loughner sentencing

The father of one of the Tucson shooting victims will not be present when the suspect is sentenced Thursday morning.

"I've got other things I got to do and what I tell people frequently ... what does this have to do with Gabriel?" said Ross Zimmerman, whose son was killed in the shooting.

Jared Loughner pleaded guilty in August to 19 counts under a plea agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison and makes him ineligible for parole.

"This has nothing to do with Gabriel, it has to do with society dealing with the situation. My presence doesn't have an impact, one way or another," Zimmerman said of the shooter's court appearance.

Zimmerman said he misses his son and believes Gabe is with him in spirit.

"I think about Gabe a lot. I would say I've learned how to cope with it better," he said.

Zimmerman is redirecting his grief finding ways to honor the memories of all those affected by being part of the Remembering January 8th organization.

Six people were killed and over a dozen others wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011 attack at a grocery store.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

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