On Wednesday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to attend a memorial service held for the victims of Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead.
The president is scheduled to speak Wednesday evening at the nationally televised memorial service at the University of Arizona. And many are looking to the president to provide solace to a rattled state and nation.
"We don't want to have a finger-pointing moment in Tucson," said Douglas Brinkley, a historian. "It's a national healing. He needs to be a healing agent of our nation."
Pictures have been released of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's, D-Ariz., in her hospital room, showing her husband holding her hand. She remains in critical condition, but doctors said they're hopeful because she's breathing on her own.
More than 100 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have been involved in the investigation of the accused gunman Jared Loughner.
"We care very deeply about the victims and their families," Loughner's family said in a statement. "We are so very sorry for their loss."
Also on Wednesday, members of Congress will honor the shooting victims with a special resolution. Then they will receive security briefings about their own safety.
Tuesday night, the Tucson community held two church services for victims, including a mass at the Saint Odilia Parish just blocks away from where the shooting took place.
Hundreds of people gathered to grieve and pray. Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas urged the community to lean on each other for healing.
Saint Odilia Parish is the same church where 9-year-old victim Chirstina Taylor Green took her first Communion last spring.