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Updated Dec 14, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Giffords honors Conn. school shooting victims

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband planted a yellow rose bush Saturday in Tucson, marking the passage of one year since a troubled gunman killed 26 people a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

At an event that drew around 100 people, Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly dedicated the plant in the Community Gardens of Tucson.

Giffords was wounded in 2011 when a mentally ill man opened fire in the parking lot of a Tucson supermarket as the congresswoman met with constituents. The attack injured 13 and killed six.

The community garden was created in the victims' honor using plants and flowers that were left in front of the hospital, the shooting site and Giffords' district office.

The rose bush is the first addition to the garden from Giffords and Kelly.

People attending Saturday's event held signs that read, "No more silence, end gun violence."

Also in attendance were a handful of counter-protesters. They held signs that said, "Unarmed victims, happy criminals."

The event came as a gun-control group led by Giffords and Kelly released a new ad featuring somber images of the aftermath of the mass shooting in Connecticut.

The ad from the group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, showed images from memorials of the 26 who died at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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