The Youngest Arizona Victim: Christina-Taylor Green
Christina-Taylor Green, just elected to her 3rd grade student council, wanted to meet her Representative, Gabrielle Giffords — to learn more about politics. Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor died when a gunman opened fire at a “Congress On Your Corner” event hosted by Rep. Giffords.
Christina’s father, John Green, told the Arizona Star “She [Christina] was a good speaker. I could have easily seen her as a politician,” noting that she had been interested in politics from a young age, possibly due to the circumstances of her birth. She was one of 50 babies featured in the book Faces Of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11. Christina told her parents that she wanted to go to Penn State and planned to devote her life to helping those less fortunate. The third grader was known for telling her mother, Roxanne Green, “We are so blessed. We have the best life.”
Christina was the only girl on the Canyon del Oro Little League team. She played second base. Her grandfather is former major league pitcher Dallas Green. She loved dance, specifically ballet, hip-hop and jazz; her parents added that she also loved animals and singing in church. She and her 11-year old brother Dallas loved to swim together. Christina’s parents told KVOA that she was “excited about life” and “the best daughter in the world.”
Christina’s mother summed it all up in her comment to The Arizona Star, saying “She was born back east and Sept. 11 affected everyone there, and Christina-Taylor was always very aware of it. She was very patriotic and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her. 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.”
Photo from the Green family