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Beyond Tucson draws in thousands

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People at Beyond Tucson signed a massive banner for Newtown, CT victims, survivors and their families. People at Beyond Tucson signed a massive banner for Newtown, CT victims, survivors and their families.

Nearly two years after the January 8th mass shooting in Tucson, people across Southern Arizona are remembering the victims.

The annual "Beyond Tucson" events brought thousands to different parks across town, encouraging people to move beyond the tragedy.

A community still healing and coming together, overcoming a senseless tragedy.

"It's about picking yourself up after you fall down and not letting the bad stuff get a hold of you," said January 8th survivor, Suzi Hileman.

At the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Park, people wrote messages on the sidewalk. But, though today's events were about January 8th, a lot of the attention turned to the more recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

As part of a nationwide effort, January 8th survivor, Patricia Maisch had people sign these hearts to try and make a four thousand mile heart chain across the country.

"It will show some unity for those people who have had their children taken from them early," said Maisch.

A banner set up across from Armory Park in downtown with condolences.

"I feel bad because what if that was me. I feel bad for the families," said one boy.

Congressman and survivor Ron Barber addressed the crowd.

"I think we did what Gabe wanted us to do. We came together in kindness, compassion, caring and prayer and we supported as a community those who have lost loved ones and those who were wounded," said Barber.

Gabe Zimmerman's father, Ross helped get this event started.

"We think there's good evidence that getting people out and active together promotes mental and physical health," said Zimmerman.

One of the activities included jazz dancing. Just across the street at the Children's Museum, an anonymous donor paid all admission fees for children and their parents today. Each child got a green ribbon with a Ben's Bell kindness coin.

"I believe one bad act created a million good actions everywhere," said Cynthia Magallanes.

A community touched by tragedy stands united two years later.

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