The Baltimore Sun is reporting 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooter who killed six and injured 13 people when he targeted Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Saturday in Tuscon, was born in Maryland on Sept. 11, 2001 and lived on a farm in Conowingo before moving to Tuscon. News reports said Christina went to the Giffords event outside a Safeway grocery store with a neighbor who thought she’d like to meet the congresswoman since Christina had recently been elected to her Mesa Verde Elementary School student council. University Medical Center doctors who treated the shooting victims told CNN today that Christina was dead upon arrival and doctors tried unsuccesfully to revive her. The neighbor who brought her to the event was shot four times and was recovering following surgery, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Christina comes from a baseball family. According to The Sun, her father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an amateur scout with the Baltimore Orioles in the late 1990s and he was he Orioles’ eastern regional supervisor in 1998 when he lived on his family’s farm in Conowingo. Green’s father and Christina’s grandfather is Dallas Green, who was a right-handed pitcher and managed nine seasons in the majors, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Championship, according to The Sun.
Christina played second base as the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team, “The Pirates,” the Arizona Daily Star reported. The story said she also loved dancing ballet, hip-hop and jazz and enjoyed gymnastics and signing in her church choir.
The significance of her Sept. 11, 2001 birth date was also important to Christina who appeared in the book “Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11.” Her mother told the Arizona Daily Star:
“She was very patriotic and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her,” said her mother, Roxanna Green. “She was all about helping people and being involved. It’s so tragic. She went to learn today and then someone with so much hatred in their heart took the lives of innocent people.”
Besides her parents, Christina is survived by her 11-year-old brother Dallas.
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