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Sophia Bush & Gwyneth Paltrow related to AZ shooting victims

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Celeb connection to tragedy

Sophia Bush and Gwyneth Paltrow have a very personal connection to the tragedy that unfolded in Arizona last weekend: They are both related to victims.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actresses Sophia Bush and Gwyneth Paltrow shared their tragic connections to the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona last weekend. Bush, of One Tree Hill fame, is the cousin of the day's youngest victim, nine-year-old Christina Taylor-Green.

"There are no words to explain what my cousin's family is going through in Arizona," Bush shared on Twitter. "How can this be? Violence is never the answer…"

Gwyneth Paltrow's connection is also close: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' father is the cousin of Gwyneth's own father, the late film director Bruce Paltrow.

"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," Paltrow said in a statement.

Jared Loughner stands accused of shooting Giffords and 19 other people, killing six.

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