The federal judge killed in Saturday's Tucson, Ariz. shooting rampage is being remembered by friends and family as a "fervent Christian" who treated everyone with kindness and respect.
Judge John M. Roll had stopped by to greet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a constituent meeting being held in her district Saturday when he lost his life to suspected gunman Jared Loughner.
On Monday, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Church's Tucson Diosese said the 63-year-old "lived his faith as a servant of our nation for the cause of justice."
Alan Sears, president of the Christian legal group the Alliance Defense Fund described Roll as "a great lawyer, sound jurist, and a long-time friend."
"His untimely death is a huge loss for America's judicial system and for all of us, personally," Sears said in a statement Saturday.
"One consolation we have in our grief is that because of John's fervent love for the Lord, he is right now rejoicing in the loving presence of his Creator," he added.
Roll is survived by his wife, Maureen, three sons, and five grandchildren.