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Husband willing to meet Giffords suspect's parents


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- The husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says he would be willing to meet with the parents of the man accused of shooting his wife in the head.

Mark Kelly tells ABC's Diane Sawyer, "I don't think it's their fault. It's not the parents' fault." The interview is to air, Tuesday.

Jared Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire at a Giffords event in Tucson, Arizona Jan. 8, killing six people and injuring 13, including Giffords.

Investigators have described Loughner as a mentally unstable man who became increasingly erratic in recent months. He apparently became obsessed with inflicting violence on Giffords since attending one of her campaign events in 2007.

Kelly says Loughner's parents must be "hurting as much as anyone," and he says, "I'd like to think I'm a person that's, you know, somewhat forgiving."

Dr. Randall Friese, the trauma surgeon who was first to treat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, says her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, says she smiled and gave him a back rub.

Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon treating Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, says she's recovering very well after the weekend surgery.

Watch the 20/20 special at 9PM on ABC, Tuesday.

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