For the first seven months of her recovery, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was told little about the shooting that left six people dead and 13 people, including herself, injured. Those close to her feared that the trauma of learning the details of what happened would stunt her recovery, and that she'd be unable to process the information. It's now been revealed that sometime in late July, she found out that her aide Gabe Zimmerman, friend U.S. District Judge John Roll, and 9-year-old supporter Christina-Taylor Green were among those killed that day.
According to the The Arizona Republic, Giffords was filled in prior to her stunning appearance on the House floor on August 1. C.J. Karamargin, her congressional spokesman, says, "She was deeply saddened by it."