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Jewish Staffer Is Among the Dead

Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords’ community outreach director

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Gabe Zimmerman, who was killed Saturday.(Gabe Zimmerman Prayers Page/Facebook)

Gabe Zimmerman, 30, was killed Saturday at an event he organized. A Jewish Tucson native, Zimmerman is described as an “avid hiker” who tackled the Grand Canyon from the North to the South Rim. His father works at Pima Community College, which his son’s alleged murderer, Jared Lee Loughner, had attended. He was engaged to Kelly O’Brien, a nurse. If you knew Zimmerman and would like to talk about him, please email me.

The five other reported dead are John M. Roll, 63, the first federal judge murdered since 1989; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; Phyllis Schneck, 79; and Christina Green, 9.

UPDATE: See comments below. JTA’s The Eulogizer reports that Zimmerman was now Jewish. And Rabbi Andy Bachman makes an interesting case.

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Maybe a “new read on Jewish life” shouldn’t differentiate between who’s Jewish and who’s not–this is a disaster for everyone.

Hineni says:

I heard somewhere that Zimmerman was not Jewish. Please fact-check this, and let your readers know.

The Eulogizer – Jewish obituary columnist for JTA – checked Zimmerman out and can say definitively that he was not Jewish. His step-mother is, and he worked at Jewish camps, but numerous sources close to him told The Eulogizer and JTA definitively that Zimmerman was not Jewish. His death is still a terrible tragedy, of course.

Who cares what color, race, nationality people are if they are victims of a horrific tragedy.

Americans were killed at the hands of a very ill person.

..a child was among the dead
..a mother was among the dead
..a father was among the dead
..a sibling was among the dead

They are all lives that were lost and should be held and recognized at an equal standard.
Why must we label?

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Jewish Staffer Is Among the Dead

Zimmerman, 30, was Giffords’ community outreach director

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