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This was taken just before Christmas in court chambers. Pictured (left to right) is Katy (Cody) Higgins, certified legal assistant/judicial assistant; Chief Judge John M. Roll; and Barbara Wentz, assistant judicial assistant.

New Richmond graduate grieves the death of her boss in wake of Tucson tragedy

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When New Richmond graduate Katy (Cody) Higgins heard the news that U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been shot on Jan. 8, she immediately tried calling her boss to tell him to turn on the television.

She couldn't get through to him. It turns out that United States District Court Chief Judge John M. Roll, whom Higgins had worked for since 1991, was at the scene of the Tucson, Ariz. attack and had been killed by the gunman.

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