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OTRC: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sophia Bush related to Arizona shooting victims

Gwyneth Paltrow talks to KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, in December 2010 about her film 'Country Strong'.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Sophia Bush are related to U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 9-year-old Christina Green, who were gunned down in the recent deadly shooting in Arizona, and the two actresses have expressed their condolences regarding the tragedy.

On Saturday, an Arizona man opened fire at Giffords and several other people during a meeting the politician was holding outside a Tucson grocery store. As of Monday morning, Giffords, who was shot in the head at close range, is fighting for her life. Green, a "9/11 Baby" who was born on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was among six people who were killed in the shooting.

Paltrow, a distant cousin of Giffords, said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com: "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."

"She was my 2nd cousin ? Devastating," Sophia Bush, known for her role as Brooke on the series "One Tree Hill," wrote on her Twitter page about Green. "There are no words to explain what my cousin's family is going through in Arizona. How can this be? Violence is never the answer."

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