LI native Suzi Hileman survives Tucson shooting
Oceanside High School grad Suzi Hileman survived the Tucson shooting. She attended the "Congress on Your Corner" event with her 9-year-old neighbor, Christina Taylor Green, who was shot and did not survive.
Bill Hileman hugs his wife, Suzi Hileman, who cries while talking about Christina-Taylor Green at their home in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday. Suzi Hileman was the family friend of Christina, 9, and brought the child to the event where the shooting massacre occurred. (Jan. 20, 2011)
Suzi Hileman talks about Christina-Taylor Green at Hileman's home in Tucson, Ariz. "She was spunky, she was smart, she was funny. Oh my God, was she funny," Hileman said about her young neighbor who died in the mass shooting. (Jan. 20, 2011)
Suzi Hileman talks about Christina-Taylor Green at Hileman's home in Tucson, Ariz. "I took my girlfriend's daughter to the grocery store, and it was my job to bring her back," the Oceanside native told Newsday in a phone interview. (Jan. 20, 2011)
Suzi Hileman hugs a teddy bear while talking about Christina-Taylor Green at Hileman's home in Tucson, Ariz. About Christina, her neighbor who died in the shooting, Hileman says, "She was my friend. I lost a friend." (Jan. 20, 2011)
Audrey Varnum sprinkles rose petals on Suzi (Susan) Hileman. The two attended college at Cornell University together. (Jan. 20, 2011)
Suzi Hileman was shot in her chest, abdomen and hip. She went home from the hospital earlier this week. Doctors told her she could fully recover in six months.