Saturday was a dark day for America, and Christina-Taylor Green had been born on the very darkest in recent history. She even appeared in a book called 'Faces of Hope: Babies born on 9/11'.
On a bright morning nine years and four months later, after recently being elected to Mesa Verde elementary school's student council, she travelled to her local supermarket to meet her congresswoman. Before she got the chance, the sport-loving schoolgirl was shot in the chest by a man alleged to be Jared Loughner (22).
Christina-Taylor, the granddaughter of Dallas Green, former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, was rushed to the University Medical Centre, but was declared dead soon after.
"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 yesterday. "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."
Her mother said: "She was a beautiful girl, and she'd want us all to be strong, courageous and brave like she was." (© Daily Telegraph, London)