AZ Shooting Victim, 9, Was Granddaughter of Mets, Yankees Manager

Monday, Jan 10, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 AM EDT
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AZ Shooting Victim, 9, Was Granddaughter of Mets, Yankees Manager

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A man sits near the scene of a shooting that involved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Kelly Presnell) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

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The 9-year-old girl killed by a gunman who opened fire at an Arizona congresswoman's event is the granddaughter of former Mets and Yankees manager Dallas Green, officials said today.

Christina-Taylor Green was shot outside a Tucson grocery story when she went to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was meeting with constituents there. Giffords was among 13 people wounded in the melee that killed six people, including Arizona's chief federal judge and an aide for the Democratic lawmaker.

Christina was born on September 11, 2001 and developed a strong interest in politics at a young age.  She was attending the rally with her neighbor to get a closer look at political life and to meet Congresswoman Giffords, friends said.

Her grandfather, Dallas Green, is a former pitcher and manager in the major leagues. He's an executive adviser for the Phillies, the team he managed to the World Series championship in 1980. He also managed the New York Yankees in 1989 and the New York Mets from 1993 to 1996.

"I just want her memory to live on, she's a face of hope, a face of change," Roxanna Green told MSNBC today. "Stop the violence, stop the hatred."

Christina's father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
   
"We lost a member of the Dodgers family today," Los Angeles Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt said Sunday.
    
"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."

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