TODAY   |  November 09, 2012

One by one, emotional victims confront Loughner

It was an emotional day in an Arizona courtroom as victims and the families of those killed and injured came together to face gunman Jared Lee Loughner, the man who murdered six and wounded 13 in the 2011 Tucson shooting rampage. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> now to an emotional day in an arizona courtroom as the gunman in the tucson shooting rampage was sentenced to life in prison , but not before he came face to face with one of his victims, many of his victims including former congresswoman gabby giffords . we'll talk to her husband about that in a moment. first, nbc's miguel almaguer is in tucson with more. miguel , good morning to you.

>> savannah, good morning. many of the victims say they may never truly have closure but this does mark the end to the legal process. it was an emotional day here in court for so many of the survivors who for the first time were able to address the gunman. they arrived at federal court , one by one.

>> we're not going to let him win.

>> reporter: shooting victims here together to face gunman jared lee loughner. former congresswoman gabby giffords came face to face with loughner for the first time. standing soically she looked directly at him, holding her husband's hand as mark kelly firmly said, you may have put a bullet through her head but you haven't put a dent in her spirit. after today, after this moment, here and now, gabby and i are done thinking about you. nearly two years since the shooting kelly also spoke about the need for better gun control laws as did many of the victims.

>> we've got to find leaders that got courage, people got to be able to step up and say, we can do better.

>> reporter: the courtroom was packed. at times the silence was only broken by victims and their families as they wept. shot in the face and leg, ron barber fills giffords' seat in congress. he told loughner, you must now pay the price. the price for the terror, injury, and pain you have caused. i hold no hatred toward you. now you must live with this burden. the january 8th , 2011 parking lot shooting left a member of giffords' staff, a federal judge , a 9-year-old girl, and three others dead. susie heilman was among the 13 wounded. she brought the youngest victim, christina taylor green, to meet giffords. heilman's voice tremendous bin laden as she said, you turned a civics lesson into a nightmare. i want to shake you and scream at you as if that would matter. mayby stoddard also choked back tears in court. her husband saved her life using his body to shield her from gunfire. as loughner's parents wept, stoddard looked directly into loughner's eyes. you took away my life, my love, and my reason for living. you murdered by dory. i forgive you. i do not hate you. i hate the act you performed. jared lee loughner never addressed the victims and showed no emotion as he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. when the sentencing was over he walked past his parents but did not seem to acknowledge them. savannah?

>> miguel almaguer in tucson this