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Victim's Kin: Obama Helped Make Sense of Tragedy

Bill Hileman on "The Early Show."
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The husband of one of the people wounded Saturday in the Tucson shooting says Wednesday's memorial service was therapeutic for him and credited President Barack Obama for helping to put the tragedy in context.

Bill Hileman's wife, Susan Hileman, is the neighbor who took 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green to the public event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was one of 13 wounded. Christina and five others were killed.

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Speaking on "The Early Show" Thursday, he said that listening to the president last night helped him cope with the turbulence of the last week.

"I think for the first time, I was given a framework to try to put all this hodgepodge of emotions in some type of a sense. And I thought his remarks particularly about Christina and the kind of America that she wants, kind of provide something for us all to point to as we deal currently with being buffeted back and forth. We can kind of set our eyes out on the future and maybe try to approximate the America that he described through her eyes last night."

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Hileman noted the swing of "polar extremes" - from the depravity of the shooting to "the absolute cosseting of love" from people at the memorial service and support from the audience.

"It was amazing. It was therapeutic, and something I'll never forget," he said.