Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan

“You’re gonna see tears of joy. You’re gonna see children screaming with pleasure. It’s gonna be a fantastic moment,” Capt. Aaron Thacker said.

He’s the former commander of the Arizona National Guard’s 856th Military Police Company, the first detachment of which returned home after almost a year in Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon.

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Arizona politicians speak out on El Paso Walmart shooting that killed 20, wounded dozens

Members of the Arizona delegation voiced their thoughts on Twitter after a 20-year-old gunman opened fire on Saturday at an El Paso Walmart, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more.

But one person had a more personal stake in the issue.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords was injured in a 2011 shooting outside Tucson that left six people dead and 13 wounded. She survived a gunshot to her head.

Since then, she’s been a tireless gun control activist, working with her husband and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly to spread awareness and promote gun control legislation.

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Family of ASU student who died by suicide hopes to inspire change with LaloBoy Foundation

Adrio Romine had tutored fellow students since he was in kindergarten, and his knack for helping other students never stopped as he grew up.

Throughout his school years, he was always an advanced student: In 2018, Adrio graduated as Chandler High School’s valedictorian with a 4.9 GPA — all at the age of 16. He moved on to Arizona State University as a pre-med student with plans to someday become a doctor.

Adrio’s future looked as bright as any parent could hope for, recalled his mother, Paolla Jordan. But a year after he graduated high school, that future was cut short at just 17 years old.

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