Hundreds of mourners paid their respects on Thursday at the public memorial service for Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed last Saturday in the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that also claimed the life of a federal judge and four others and critically injured U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Green, the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of former Major League manager Dallas Green, was the first and youngest of the victims to be buried, according to multiple published reports. Mourners lined the road leading to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in north Tucson, where Green's funeral was held in the early afternoon. The service was closed to the news media.
A large delegation of baseball and business executives from the Dodgers organization, headed by owner Frank McCourt and Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, attended the service. Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade, Phillies chairman Bill Giles, president David Montgomery, GM Ruben Amaro Jr., former GM Pat Gillick, Phillies scout Del Unser, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg also were in attendance.
Green, who loved baseball in addition to dancing, gymnastics and swimming and was gaining an interest in politics, was remembered Thursday in the presence of an American flag that was salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center days after her birth, which occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 -- the same day as terrorist attacks on the United States.
"She showed an appreciation for life uncommon for a girl her age," President Obama said during his address Wednesday evening. "I want to live up to her expectations, I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it, I want America to be as good as Christina imagined it."
The shooting took place as Green, who was recently elected to her elementary school's student council, was attending a meet-and-greet with Giffords at a local supermarket. The funeral for federal judge John Roll, who also died in the shootings, is scheduled for Friday. A 22-year-old Tucson resident, Jared Lee Loughner, was charged in the shooting and denied bail in an initial court hearing on Monday.
In response to the outpouring offers of support for the Green family, the Dodgers have established an e-mail address (email@example.com) through which family, friends and members of the community can share thoughts and feelings about the tragedy. Submissions will be compiled in a memorial book for the family.
Letters can be sent via mail to: Dodger Stadium, c/o the Green Family, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90090.
"Our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our sweet Christina," said John Green. "This memorial fund will ensure her legacy for the children in our community."
Donations in memory of Christina Taylor Green may be made by:
Logging on to the website of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at www.cfsoaz.org and clicking the link to the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund.
Contacting the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 520-545-0313.
Checks can be sent to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, In Memory of Christina Taylor Green, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Ariz. 85719.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.