By now, most everyone knows that 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner is the suspected triggerman of the Arizona shooting which injured 12 people, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and killed 6 others, including U.S. federal judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl. As Giffords battles for her life in an Arizona hospital, more details are starting to emerge from yesterday’s tragedy that instantaneously put an entire nation in mourning.
Among them, information about the youngest of those who died, a little girl named Christina Taylor Green.
The Washington Post reported that Green was the granddaughter of Dallas Green, former manager of the 1980 World Series winner, the Philadelphia Phillies. Christina’s too-short life was bookmarked by tragedy. She was born on September 11, 2001 and died on yet another date that will go down as an impossibly dark one in American history. The little girl had been elected to student council of her school and was at the supermarket specifically to meet Giffords.
Her Father, John Green told the Arizona Star-News, “She was a good speaker. I could have easily seen her as a politician.” Her mother, Roxanne, added “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.”
Christina’s father is the east coast supervisor of amateur scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodger owner, Frank McCourt, issued the following statement:
“We lost a member of the Dodgers family today. The entire Dodgers organization is mourning the death of John’s daughter Christina, and will do everything we can to support John, his wife Roxana and their son Dallas in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy. I spoke with John earlier today and expressed condolences on behalf of the entire Dodgers organization.”
The repercussions of the dastardly shooting seemingly have no bounds. Not one single segment of American society is immune from the tragedy. Not even children or the games they grow up loving to play.
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