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Christina Taylor Green: A Life Lived Between Two American Tragedies

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Over the decades, in multiple mass shooting incidents, Americans have been horrified by the deaths of their fellow citizens. When one of the victims is a child, however, the horror seems to cut a lot deeper. When it turns out the child was special from the minute she was born, her death is almost like losing a member of one’s own family.

Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green arrived on this earth on a day of overwhelming tragedy. Born in Maryland on Sept. 11, 2001, Green was featured in the book, “Faces of Hope,” which features babies from the 50 U.S. states who were born on the same day as the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives.

“It [9/11] was very, very special to her,” said her mother, Roxanna Green, in a phone interview with Fox News. “She would tell people when she was younger that, ‘I was born on a holiday,’ and then we would have to correct her. But she would “always try to see the positive in it,” her mom added, because a holiday is “a day of hope, and everyone getting together, and finding the good, and the hope.”

On Jan. 8, 2011, Christina was the youngest victim of a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. The nine-year-old third grader had just been elected to the student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson. Her father, John Green, told the media his daughter had been interested in politics from a young age. Roxanna Green said that her daughter was “very interested in government, she was interested in her community, how she could help her community.”

That interest sparked a neighbor’s invitation to attend a “Congress on your Corner” session at a local shopping mall to meet Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The civics lesson turned to tragedy when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, injuring 20 people, including Giffords. Five people died at the scene. Fourteen were wounded, including the congresswoman, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
Christina was also rushed to the hospital, where trauma experts tried to save her life but were unable to resuscitate her.

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