University of Delaware statement on Arizona tragedy

The University of Delaware expressed its condolences to the families of the 19 shot in Tuscon, Az. Saturday.  The Newark campus as a double connection to the tragedy.

University of Delaware alumus Dallas Green is a former Manager of the Philadelphia Phllies.  His granddaughter Christina was among the victims killed.  In a statement released Sunday afternoon University President Harker also noted a visit from wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

“The entire University of Delaware community was deeply saddened to hear of the violence that took place in Tucson, Ariz., yesterday — violence that took the lives of six people and wounded more than a dozen.

Among them were two individuals with ties to the University. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, visited UD last year to talk about the University’s sustainable-energy efforts and the nation’s path to a clean-energy future. Alumnus Dallas Green is the grandfather of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, who was killed.

At this time of terrible tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families.”

The Philadelphia Phillies also expressed condolences on their website.  Green’s son John works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That team expressed similar condolences.

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