PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is pronouncing the state as grieving but strong and united in the face of the shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Brewer appealed for unity while addressing a joint session of the state Legislature on Monday for her annual State of the State address.
Arizonans hoping to hear some of Brewer's plan for the state's future will have to wait, as she tossed out her originally planned speech on economic development, education and taxes.
"I will deliver that plan to you, but not now. Not today," she said.
Brewer says the first response to the tragedy must be led by prayer and comfort for the victims and their families.
She says Arizona is in pain and its grief is profound but "we will never be brought down."
Brewer recounted some of what happened at the shooting scene, including efforts to help victims. She introduced Daniel Hernandez, a University of Arizona student and Gifford intern who aided Giffords. Hernandez received a standing ovation during Monday's proceedings.
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