Jan. 8, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. (CSNAP) The University of Arizona has postponed its men'sbasketball game against Stanford scheduled for Saturday afternoon inthe wake of the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others inTucson.School officials say the game has been rescheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MST.---UPDATE 12:27 A.M.
The young girl killed in Saturdays mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. was the nine-year-old granddaughter of Phillies legend Dallas Green.
CSNPhilly.com: Green's granddaughter killed in Arizona shooting
Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, was shot and killed during a trip to a Tucson Safeway where she had hoped to meet U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. According to the Arizona Star, Green had gone to the Safeway with a neighbor who also was shot but is recovering from surgery.Six people were killed, including Christina-Taylor and a federal judge, and 13 were wounded when an assailant opened fire outside of the grocery store where Giffords was meeting her constituents. The congresswoman was among the wounded, suffering a gunshot wound to the head and is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.Christina-Taylor's father is John Green, a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the son of Dallas and Sylvia Green. John Green told the Arizona Star that his daughter had just been elected to student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School and had been interested in politics from a very young age.Christina-Taylor is described as a precocious and thoughtful girl. The Star reported she 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.The paper also reported that Christina-Taylor was aware of the inequities in the world, telling her mother, We are so blessed. We have the best life.Roxanna Green said her daughter was one of 50 babies born on Sept. 11, 2001 and featured in a book called "Faces of Hope."---
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne says "the university feels thegame should be delayed with deep respect to the victims and familiesimpacted by this tragedy.''President Obama released the following statement:
"This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans wereshot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with CongresswomanGabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information,we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords isgravely wounded.We do not yet have all the answers. What we doknow is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no placein a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle inkeeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and theirfamilies in our prayers."Jared Lee Loughner has been identified as the man suspected of shooting the Congresswomen.
Loughner, 22, shot Giffords in the head from point blank range and twelve others outside the Tucson Safeway before attempting to flee after his extended clip ran out of ammunition. He was tackled by one of Giffords' staffers.