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Judge Roll remembered as devoted to family

TUCSON, Ariz. - The federal judge killed in the Arizona shooting rampage was known for an immigration ruling that got him death threats, but on Friday he was remembered as a man devoted to his family, his basset hounds and his Irish-Catholic heritage.

U.S. District Judge John Roll had stopped by a supermarket meet-and-greet for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday when he was killed, along with five others. Giffords, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, was still in critical condition, but progressing.

Roll's funeral Friday came amid tight security, as police officers and SWAT team members patrolled the neighborhood around St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church. About a dozen coach buses brought judges who knew Roll over the years.

The speakers focused less on Judge Roll and more on John Roll, tender and at times goofy, and largely hidden from those he served.

The news media were barred from the event at the request of Roll's family and for security reasons. The Associated Press interviewed mourners as they left the service.

Roll's older brother, Ed, told mourners that his family moved to Arizona from Pittsburgh when Roll was a child because their mother's health was failing and doctors thought the weather might help. When Roll's mother died, the future judge was just 15.

Her death deeply affected him, and he changed his middle name from Paul to his mother's maiden name of McCarthy, one mourner said.

Many members of Roll's family, including his sons and five grandchildren, participated in the funeral Mass, and speakers also included a childhood friend, his chief clerk and a colleague on the federal bench. The service ended with a rendition of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling."

Dignitaries attending included Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. Former Vice President Dan Quayle brought a handwritten message from former President George H.W. Bush, who appointed Roll to the bench in 1991, said Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for the fire department and the event. Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, was among the mourners Friday.

Roll, 63, was known for the death threats he received after his ruling in a border-crossing case two years ago. He needed 24-hour protection after he said 16 illegal immigrants could file a civil rights claim against an Arizona border rancher.

Also on Friday:

The Pima County Sheriff's Office released a detailed timeline showing alleged shooter Jared Loughner had photos developed, bought bullets at a Walmart and posted "Goodbye friends" on the Internet before he went on his rampage.

Physicians at University Medical Center may try to remove Giffords' breathing tube Saturday, Dr. Peter Rhee said.

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