Capitol room dedicated to slain Giffords staffer

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Capitol room dedicated to slain Giffords stafferFormer Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords listens as her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, during a ceremony to honor Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman. Zimmerman was Giffords' outreach director until he was killed in the January 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson where Giffords was wounded. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is at left, Vice President Joe Biden is at right. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker John Boehner and former Rep. Gabby Giffords were on hand to dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center to a congressional staffer killed two years ago in the attack on Giffords that took six lives.

Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman was the only staffer ever slain in the line of duty and Boehner pointed out that the meeting room named in his honor was the first room in the Capitol complex to be dedicated to a staff member.

Biden, like other speakers, referred to Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon in telling the room full of family and friends that it is at the most difficult times that people stand closest together.

Others at the event included Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

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