Some sad news to pass along from the extended Philadelphia Phillies family:
In Saturday”s rampage shooting in Arizona, one of the victims, Christina-Taylor Green, was a nine-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies manager and now-consultant, Dallas Green. Six people were killed and 13 more injured, including U.S. Representative Gabriella Giffords who was holding an open forum at a local supermarket in Tuscon.
This is certainly an unthinkable tragedy that has affected the Phillies family as well as the Dodgers family. Christina’s father, John, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Our thoughts go out to not only the Green family, but all those affected by this senseless act of violence from a clearly-deranged person.
From the High Cheese Blog on Philly.com:
Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, died while trying to meet Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at an appearance at a supermarket in Tucson. She attended with a neighbor, who was shot four times and was recovering from surgery last night.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, the third-grader “already told her parents she wanted to attend Penn State one day and have a career that involved helping those less fortunate than her. She also loved animals and was a passionate dancer who loved ballet, hip-hop, jazz and gymnastics and was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team, “The Pirates.” She played second base.”
Her father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers.
“We lost a member of the Dodgers family today,” owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. “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.”
Christina-Taylor also had an 11-year-old brother Dallas, named for their grandfather.
And from the Phillies and David Montgomery:
“The Phillies organization expresses our heartfelt condolences to Dallas and Sylvia and the entire Green family on the senseless, tragic loss of Christina’s life. She was a talented young girl with a bright promising future. Her untimely death weighs heavily on our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by yesterday’s horrific shooting.”