The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that the 9-year-old girl who died in the assassination attempt of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday is Christina-Taylor Green, the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green.
Christina-Taylor Green was the daughter of Dallas Green’s son John, who is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers confirmed the death in a statement. She was born on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Christina-Taylor had recently been elected to student council and attended Saturday’s event to learn more about government.
Dallas Green, now 76, was a pitcher in the majors for parts of eight seasons, eventually becoming a front office executive in charge of the Phillies minor league system under general manager Paul Owens. In 1979, Green moved to the dugout, where he coached for parts of three seasons in Philadelphia and earned the club its first World Series title in 1980. He would move on to a general manager position with the Cubs in 1982 before brief coaching stops with both the New York Yankees and New York Mets.
The Phillies released a statement Sunday morning in regard to the tragedy:
“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.”