Husband Dies Shielding Wife During Tucson Shooting Spree

Dorwan Stoddard, a retired construction worker, died after shielding his wife from bullets during last weekend's shooting spree by Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson, Arizona.

A story of true love, retired construction worker Dorwan Stoddard stepped int front of his wife, Mavy, to shield her from bullets during the Tucson massacre. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was the target of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed 6 and left 13 wounded during the shooting.

Dorwan Stoddard was trying to protect his wife when he was shot in the head. He fell onto his wife, who was shot three times in her legs. Mavy Stoddard is expected to recover but will be left a widow.

Today services take place for Dorwan Stoddard at 4 p.m. ET at Calvary Chapel East in Tucson, Arizona.

CNN reports Giffords, the target of the shooting, is off a ventilator and breathing through a tracheotomy tube, according tot he University Medical Center of Tucson, Arizona. The hospital stated her recovery “continues as planned.” Giffords took a bullet into her skull that went through her brain and then back out her skull.

In honor of Dorwan Stoddard and other who died in the shooting, as well as those who were injured, a “Walk of Peace” is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Sunday. The walk starts at McCormick Park in Tucson and ends at Giffords' congressional district office.

Along with Dorwan Stoddard, others killed in the shooting include Christina Green, 9; Dorothy Morris, 76; Phyllis Scheck, 79; Gabe Zimmerman; and Arizona chief federal judge John Roll.

Photograph from CNN

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