Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman shot in the head during the incident, is a relative of Gwyneth Paltrow. Giffords’ father and Paltrow’s father are first cousins. Paltrow released a statement following the tragedy:
Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence.
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