Jan 10, 2011 7:50 AM by Bea Karnes

Mother of Colorado Springs woman killed in rampage

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Colorado Springs woman whose mother was one of six people killed in an apparent assassination attempt against Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says it's surprising that Phyllis Schneck was even at the Saturday event.

B.J. Offutt says her 79-year-old mother normally shopped at a different store and wasn't very political.

Fourteen people, including Giffords, were injured when a gunman opened fire outside a grocery store.

Offutt says when Schneck and her husband retired they spent their winters in Tucson and summers in their native Rutherford, N.J. She says her mother continued to return to Tucson in the winters even after her husband died in 2007.

Schneck was a homemaker who raised her two daughters and one son and had a talent for cooking.

She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



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