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Bookended By Tragedy, a Too-Short Life Leaves a Void

Society & Culture  (tags: Christina Taylor Green, murdered, Tucson, massacre, society )

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Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- She was born on September 11, 2001, and died in Saturday's shootings in Arizona. Christina Green's father says the nine years in between were special. "It does say something about our society that our daughter was born


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RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Monday January 10, 2011, 8:00 pm
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Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- She was born on September 11, 2001, and died in Saturday's shootings in Arizona. Christina Green's father says the nine years in between were special.

"It does say something about our society that our daughter was born on a tragic day and taken out on a tragic day," John Green told CNN's Casey Wian Sunday.

Christina attended the event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords because she had recently been chosen for the student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School, where families left flowers and a note that read, in part, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of this precious child."

"She was a great friend, a great sister, a great daughter," said Christina's mother, Roxanna Green. "We're so proud of her and I just want everyone to know ... that we got robbed, she got robbed, of a beautiful life that she could have had."

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John Green said the reality of the overwhelming loss struck him early Sunday. "There's gonna be a lot of those kind of moments -- just waking up," he said, choking back tears. "She comes up and says, 'Daddy, it's time to get up,' and she didn't do that this morning."

Christina's father is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers; her grandfather, Dallas Green, won a World Series as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. She was one of the few girls who played on the Canyon del Oro Little League.

Christina represented Maryland in a book published in 2002 called "Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11" written by Christine Pisera Naman, who herself gave birth to a child on that day.

Two messages of hope accompany Christina's picture, which shows her smiling, a bow in her hair.

Opposite the picture reads: "I hope you help those in need. I hope you see rainbows." On the back reads: I hope you know all of the words to the national anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles."

Naman said she learned of the killing Saturday night. "I was heartbroken," she said. "My heart goes out to the Green family and every prayer I have is with them."


Jesse Savage (6)
Monday January 10, 2011, 8:03 pm
It seems almost empty to say, but things like this just shouldn't happen.

Cher C (1426)
Monday January 10, 2011, 8:06 pm

Thnx for posting sweetie!


Dalia H (1280)
Monday January 10, 2011, 8:19 pm
Noted with sadness and tears. This Little Angel that had to fly too soon to Heaven. Everything happens for a reason my Beloved Rosemary. Her training here on earth was short, but only GOD knows what's in reserve for her beside HIM! My Healing Prayers go to her Beloved Family and to her that is in Heaven now.
Thank You so much for sharing with Us. GOD Bless You Always Sweet Heart.
Much Love and Light,

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Monday January 10, 2011, 9:05 pm
I know our prayers for Roxanna and John, Christina's mother and father, and for their son and entire family are rising now and will continue in the days to come. This precious 9 year old girl brought Light into our world the day she was born and whose Light will forever shine within the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her, and by those of us who honor her life in her untimely passing.

We must do everything possible to ensure that legislation is passed to prevent the sale of guns to anyone with a known 'history' of mental health issues in particular.

If you wish you may go here to light a candle and offer your thoughts and prayers

. (0)
Monday January 10, 2011, 9:34 pm
my sincere thoughts & prayers to the family & friends of this sweet little girl. may she rest in peace,in the arms of our Lord, with loved ones ahead of her

RosemaryRannes Rannes (643)
Monday January 10, 2011, 10:32 pm
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I checked to see if this petition was posted and did not see it but if somehow i missed it, my profuse apologies to all.
What matters is that it is signed ... Out of 2,500 signatures asked for only 1,625 signatures received to date.
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In loving memory of each and every precious life taken too soon by this madman!

Cam V (417)
Monday January 10, 2011, 10:59 pm
This was heartbreaking Rosemary and my heart goes out to her family, everyone's family who was hurt by this mad man. Thank you for posting this story.

Cassandra R (0)
Monday January 10, 2011, 11:03 pm
This story is heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to Christina's family.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday January 10, 2011, 11:18 pm
Thank you for this RoseMary
When I first heard about this child, I heard nothing else.
She was 9 years old, born 9/11/2001
My Sydney was born 9/3/2001
If I had my say on this, I vote he should have to be put in general population at the prison he goes to. But they won't do it, he'll be protected and it will cost the taxpayer more to house him because they know the prisoners code is that anybody that harms a child is dead.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 5:50 am
A great American tregedy happened on Saturday. My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those victims of this senseless shooting spree.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 8:01 am
Bless her for having shared her life upon this earth, short that it was, she filled it with much and her parents did find the joy in that love she gave and they were able to give to her.

May her birth at 9-11 and her death be the full circle of this Nation coming to real terms with these last nine years and improve greatly on many areas that this nation certainly needs to do. Let her death not be in vain, that her death reflects the fact that violence no matter on what level brings only more violence. With her innocence of life being born on a tragic day of violence, let us come to understand that by inflicting violence around the world ourselves in numerous wars, that we have taken other children from their parents.

We hold no tribute to those who died on 9-11 by the continued violence upon others and ourselves, so let her death be an awakening that we all need to start a process of working towards a more peaceful, loving, and compassionate existence, then we will have less people, like the gun man who reacts out because all they have seen in their also short life has been violence.

My condolences to this sweet girls family and friends.

Laura Ferlitto (16)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:24 am
so very terrible.. little angel is home now.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:46 am
An innocent bystander...

TY, Rosemary.

Peggy A (109)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:47 am
This is so very sad. RIP Christina

Mike S (86)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 1:54 pm
This is so tragic. My condolences to her family and all whose lives she touched.

linda b (186)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 2:26 pm
Such a tragic loss my thoughts are with her parents, family and friends, thank you.

Abo r (107)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 2:31 pm
Noted thanks

Justin R (0)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 3:49 pm
Dear sweet little girl - May God embrace you with love.

May God give comfort to the parents, families and friends.

Ellen W (0)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 4:04 pm
So sad, another life cut short. Her life started on a tragic day and her death was part of a another tragic day. I'm sure there was much love in-between.

Sylvia Walker (18)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 4:27 pm
My heart goes to the victims and their family. Words are empty for such a loss. Why so much violence?

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 4:28 pm
And the monster that did this will undoubtedly be found mentally incompetent to stand trial. Which may be true, but that declaration of mental incompetency should have come BEFORE he bought a gun and went on a shooting rampage!

. (0)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 6:27 pm
Arizona is such a strong state that stands up and demands that Justice be done. Whenever a person, a state or a country is so strong, he/she/it will be attacked. Whenever God's Work is being done, you can expect innocent by-standers to be hurt in the process. May Arizona overcome this tragic event and continue to be Strong against the things that are wrong in this country. This little girl left this life leaving behind memories of what a Blessing she was. That we all should be so Blessed!

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 7:12 pm
hopefully there will be a foundation started in her name to help other little children. If there are any rich people out there who are touched by what happened to her.

Mac R (289)
Tuesday January 11, 2011, 10:37 pm
Sad beyond words. Innocent slaughtered and evil prepetrators get to live their lives out.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 1:53 am
Another Angel has earned her wings. Christina will be with you in spirit from her Heavenly home. Earthly born on 911, winged her way home to Heaven at 9 years old on 2011 which is also 911. Everything has a purpose & somehow in mysterious ways which for the present, we do not understand but all will be clear once we are in the light. Condolences to Christina's Parents & all her family & friends. Thanks Rosemary.

Anna M (112)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 11:11 am
Yes, it is sad beyond words, Mac "Innocent slaughtered and evil perpetrators get to live their lives out"--that's exactly how I feel, so heartbreaking. Deepest condolences to little Christina's family.

Thank you for posting, Rosemary.

carol narick (243)
Thursday January 13, 2011, 1:34 pm
So sad and heart-wrenching! My prayers to the Victims and families left behind.
Alittle child, born on a day of tragedy and died in such a trgic way--the picture of the man that took her life-- looks so EVIL.
and Evil is what he did that day...
My prayers for all involved and this country we live in.

Helene Cardinal (101)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 11:43 am
So tragic, so senseless. My heart goes out to the family. I pray she is in a better world now.
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