Remembering Nine-Year-Old Christina Taylor Green

By Sarah Binning

In the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shooting, we face a sea of questions. What happened? Why did this happen? Will Representative Gabrielle Giffords recover? What prompted the 22-year-old suspect to kill innocent people?

As doctors and police uncover the answers to these questions, we remember the victims. Six lives were taken on Saturday, January 8, at Representative Giffords’ “Congress on your Corner” public event. Fourteen more people are wounded.

We learn about their lives and their families. It’s especially difficult to learn about nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Christina was born on September 11, 2001. Her father, John Green, said she was proud to share her day with a national tragedy.  In an interview with Today Show’s Meredith Vieira, Green said, “She began her life with a tragedy on 9/11 and her life was ended with a tragedy here in Arizona, but it was nine good years in the middle, so the tragedies were the bookends. The bulk of her life was wonderful and we loved every minute of it.”

The third grader’s interest in politics was just budding. She was recently elected to her school’s student council, which sparked the idea for Christina’s neighbor to bring Christina to meet Representative Giffords. No one had any idea of the tragedy that would shadow the event.

Christina Green loved dance and baseball. She told her father, “Dad, I want to be the first woman major league baseball player.” Christina sounds like an empowered and spirited young lady. She would have fit right in here at Teen Voices. I’m sorry I will never have the opportunity to meet her.

We need to make the world a safer place for young girls like Christina. She deserved to grow up safely, to learn about politics, and, just maybe, to play major league baseball.


4 responses to “Remembering Nine-Year-Old Christina Taylor Green

  1. This is definitely a horrible tragedy that has occurred in the US. Why would this man kill an innocent little girl? And what reason, even though there is no excuse, for this man to start assassinating people? My prayers go out to the families who have been affected by this violence. It is sad to know that our own people are killing each other. This should be a wake-up call for the US to start having more security protections, not only for the President, but also for any person involved in politics. May little Christina and the rest of the victims rest in peace. And I hope that the others fighting for their lives get recovered.

  2. This is breaking my heart. Not only is it inhumane to take the lives of innocent people, but a nine year old girl? And whats even worse is that this guy hires a lawyer, and is trying to claim the reason for this all is mental instability. This is sad and disgusting and I hope he has to suffer for everything he’s caused.

  3. Wow, this story is one that really touches my heart. As a young girl, she had so much potential and she would have been a great leader some day. It’s sad that someone would take the life away from an innocent child such as Christina. From the sources I’ve read, she seems like the perfect person to work with at Teen Voices: a young girl dedicated to changing the life of others. My heart goes out the her family and they are in everyone’s prayers here at Teen Voices.

  4. This incident was really shocking. when i first heard of this terrible tragedy i was baffled. especially this girl Christina, an innocent empowered girl who was shot. No one knows what was going on through this guys mind, but he deserves more than death penalty and jail time. 6 deaths are unbelievably a lot, and he needs to be punished in the worse way possible. i still can’t believe this happened!

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