Tucson — Six people were killed and 14 others were injured yesterday after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people at a political meet-and-greet outside an Arizona supermarket. Among those killed were several septuagenarians, Arizona’s top federal judge, a political aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and a 9-year-old girl who was born on September 11, 2001.
The 9-year-old, Christina-Taylor Green, was the granddaughter of former Mets and Yankees manager Dallas Green. She was also one of 50 9/11 babies featured in a book called “Faces of Hope.” According to Arizona Daily Star, the third grader has just been elected to her school’s student council, and she was fascinated by politics; family members say she went to the event with a neighbor to meet Giffords because she was so “excited” to learn more about the political process. She had even already told her parents she wanted to attend Penn State one day. “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 went to learn today and then someone with so much hatred in their heart took the lives of innocent people,” said her mother Roxanna Green.