Updated 4:00 PM
The Daily News published quotes from a telephone conversation with former Mets manager Dallas Green and his wife who are making their way out to Arizona to be with their son John as they mourn the loss of their granddaughter Christina-Taylor Green.
Green tried to find a way to put into words what never can be put into words, just because there never are any.
“It’s pretty hard. We’re all hurting pretty bad. I can’t believe this could happen to any 9-year old child,” he said, “much less our own. The worst thing to ever happen to us.”
Dallas’ wife Sylvia was crying uncontrollably and could only say, “They shot our beautiful Christina. This beautiful little girl… Gone like this…”
Original Post 7:45 AM
According to Yahoo Sports and as reported on WFAN, among the six killed during the horrific shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on Saturday in Arizona was a little 9 year old girl.
Christina-Taylor Green was the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and the granddaughter of former New York Mets pitcher and manager Dallas Green.
She is described as a precocious and thoughtful girl. Christina had told her parents that she wanted to attend Penn State and was very passionate about animals, dancing and gymnastics. She also was the only girl on her baseball team called the Pirates where she played second base.
“She kept up with everyone, she was a strong girl, a very good athlete and a strong swimmer,” her mother Roxanna Green told the Star. “She was interested in everything. She got a guitar for Christmas so her next thing was learning to play guitar.”
Ironically, Christina Taylor Green was born on 9/11 and was featured in the book “Faces of hope, Babies born on 9/11“.
This is such a sad and terrible loss for all Americans. The young girl was there to meet Representative Giffords when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire. Giffords is still clinging to life and is in critical and grave condition.
Our condolences and prayers go out to all the victims of this senseless shooting and national tragedy.