TUCSON, AZ (RNN) - In a service to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting, President Barack Obama shared the nation's collective grief on Wednesday and offered prayers for healing for those who lost loved ones and to those injured.
"I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow," Obama said at the memorial service, held at the University of Arizona's McKale Center. "There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through."
The president arrived in Tucson four days after Jared Lee Loughner allegedly shot 19 people at a political event, killing six. Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of the victims, remains in critical condition at an Arizona hospital with a gunshot wound to her head.
Obama said he visited the Congresswoman before the memorial service and announced that she opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting. The crowd erupted in cheers.
The six who lost their lives include 9-year-old Christina Green, District Judge John M. Roll, 63; Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorothy Morris, 76; and Darwan Stoddard, 76.
"We hope that we can begin the process of healing," said Robert Shelton, president of the University of Arizona. "Tonight we have a chance to pray for those who were wounded, to remember those who were lost and to reaffirm our commitment to each other."
Daniel Hernandez, an intern to Giffords who provided first aid to the wounded representative until paramedics arrived, said the events of the weekend have united the country.
"E Pluribus Unum … never have those words ever been truer than they were today," Hernandez said. "On Saturday, we all became Tucsonans. On Saturday, we all became Arizonians. On Saturday, we all became Americans."
Hernandez says he does not wish to be called a hero, but instead gave thanks to the doctors and first responders who worked to save the lives of the victims.
"The real heroes are those who have dedicated their lives to public service," Hernandez said.
Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer also attended the service.
"I know Arizona, I know it's every corner, I know its proud courageous citizens and we will go forward together," Brewer said.
Here's the full transcript of the speech: