The young girl, who is related to actress Sophia Bush and former MLB manager Dallas Green, went with a neighbor to meet the congresswoman because of her interest in politics. How horrible.
9-year-old Christina Taylor-Green had just been elected to the student council and shown an interest in politics from a young age when she accompanied a neighbor to congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords‘ “Congress on Your Corner” event on Jan. 8. While there she became one of the now six people killed, and 14 injured, in a gun rampage targeting Gabrielle.
Christina had also recently made her first communion and was involved in activities including ballet and baseball according to The Arizona Daily Star — the latter especially as her grandfather is a former New York Yankees and New York Mets manager Dallas Green. She was also the second cousin of actress Sophia Bush who tweeted, “There are no words to explain what my cousin’s family is going through in Arizona. How can this be? Violence is never the answer…”
The always patriotic Christina, who was said to have often worn red, white and blue, was born on Sept. 11, 2001 and featured in the book, Faces of Hope, that showcased one child from each state born on the historic day. “She came in on a tragedy and now she’s gone out on a tragedy, but the nine years in between were very special,” her father, John Green, told CNN.
It is still unknown what shooter Jared Loughner‘s motivation was in targeting the congresswoman and then opening fire on the crowd.
In an incredibly moving and eloquent appearance on MSNBC this morning, Christina’s mother Roxanna said, “I just want her memory to live on, she’s a face of hope, a face of change. Stop the violence, stop the hatred.”