The six individuals who were killed on Saturday:
Dupnik said the six killed included 9-year-old Christina Greene; 30-year-old Gifford aide Gabe Zimmerman, and federal Judge John Roll, 63, who had just stopped by to see his friend Giffords after attending Mass. Also killed were 76-year-old Dorthy Murray, 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard, and 79-year-old Phyllis Scheck, investigators said.“We in the judiciary have suffered the terrible loss of one of our own,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. ” Chief Judge John Roll was a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation with great distinction, as attorney and judge, for more than 35 years. I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families. Chief Judge Roll’s death is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it.”
Christina Taylor Green
Featured in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11, Christina was described by family members as a vibrant individual and someone who was excited about life, according to KVOA. The local outlet reports they called her “the best daughter in the world.”
“She came in on a tragedy and now she’s gone out on a tragedy,” her father John, a scout for the LA Dodgers baseball team, said on Sunday. “But the nine years in between were very special.” His voice cracking, Mr Green said on behalf of his wife Roxanna and son Dallas: “We’re all going to miss Christina. We were four people, and now we’re three.”
Her mother said: “She went to learn today, and then someone with so much hatred in their heart took the lives of innocent people. “She was a strong girl, a very good athlete and a strong swimmer. She was interested in everything. She got a guitar for Christmas so her next thing was learning to play guitar.” Mrs Green later added: “She was a beautiful girl, and she’d want us all to be strong, and courageous and brave like she was.
Like the 49 other children whose portraits are contained in the book, one for every state, Christina Taylor Green was born on September 11 2001, amid the noise and dust clouds of the terrorist attacks. Her life began in Maryland at 12.50pm, four hours and four minutes after the first plane hit the Twin Towers.
For the author of the book, Christine Naman, Green and the other 9/11 babies represented “the hope and the light that was uniting our country as one home”. But at around 10.10 am local time on Saturday, in Tucson Arizona, Green’s symbolic life became a symbolic death, epitomising the despair and darkness engulfing a disunited America.
She was gunned down outside a Safeway supermarket for no other reason than she was, at the age of nine, precociously interested in politics.
Christina Taylor Green was the typical 9 year old who enjoyed life. As the above posts indicated, she was born on a tragic day in America—September 11, 2001.
On another tragic day in America, January 8, 2011 her short life ended outside a Safeway Store. Her death bridges 9 years of misery, death and war that this world has witnessed.
What can you say to her parents, family and friends, especially her school mates? There is no rational, logical statement, no sound bite, and no political spin which will soothe their heart grief. This was cold blooded murder—totally senseless and without purpose.
However, for her family and classmates more is needed than a memorial. The senseless violence which plagues our world must come to an end. How many more children must die for whatever reason?
In the USA where political opponents can be marked by gun sights and vitriolic rhetoric, it seems that civilized discourses and disagreements are met with violence in word and deed. Too many individuals are taking a gun to resolve their differences, grievances, and accepted conspiracy theories.
People live in fear on this planet traversing the cosmos. Will it ever be safe, totally safe?
With all of our advances in science, technology and education, when it comes down to the bare essence of the human genome, savagery is still the dominant characteristic of our species. Extreme politics and religion seem to aggravate this trait.
The hope of tomorrow is that the children will learn to live and work together on this planet if they are given the opportunity. With the current stream of time and events, tomorrow is a dark shadow for the human race, especially for the children of this world. However, there must a glimmer of hope in order to carry on the struggle for a world where all people are equal and live in peace.
What will you do in 2011 to help the Christinas of your communities, your places of worship, and your schools? What will you do to keep the children safe, especially yours?
Sad ponderings on this 10th day of January…
G. D. Williams © 2011