The father of a congressional aide slain in an attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' life remembered his son as kind, friendly and good at connecting with people.
Gabe Zimmerman had organized the outreach event at the Tucson, Ariz., supermarket where he and five others were slain when a gunman opened fire on the congresswoman and the crowd Saturday.
Ross Zimmerman told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that his son had worked with disturbed children after graduating with an honors degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"It's a strange irony that a badly disturbed child killed him," he said.
Jared Loughner, 22, made his first appearance in federal court today to face charges in the killings and the wounding of 13 others. He was ordered held without bail.