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Yuma courthouse dedicated to judge killed on Jan. 8, 2011

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new federal courthouse in Yuma will be dedicated in honor of Judge John Roll. 

Judge Roll was one of six people killed in the January 8 shooting in 2011. Today he will be honored with the dedication of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Yuma. Roll served as Chief Federal Judge in Arizona.

There are a number of people expected to attend the ceremony including Senator John McCain, Congressman Ron Barber and Judge Roll's son, Robert Roll.

Judge Roll was one of the main supporters of the new courthouse, just days before he was killed he signed off on the design of the courthouse.

Congressman Ron Barber says he is glad the community is honoring Judge Roll with this dedication.

"Humble, courteous, a beautiful man, he was taken from us way too soon, he was a fantastic judge, a really good person, a man of faith and a man who was strong with his family and a great loss to all of us," said Barber. 

The $25 million Federal Courthouse in downtown Yuma has two courtrooms, judge's chambers, detention cells and other court offices.

"John was an advocate for building that courthouse because the one that we had before was so inadequate," said Barber. 

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