A politically engaged 9-year-old, Christina-Taylor had recently been elected to the student council at her Tucson elementary school and wanted to meet Giffords, the Arizona Daily Star reported today.
Her father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and in the late 1990s was an amateur scout with the Baltimore Orioles. He went from full-time amateur scout to the Orioles' eastern regional supervisor in 1998 and lived in Conowingo, where his family had a farm.
John Green's father is the legendary Dallas Green, a former right-handed pitcher who managed nine seasons in the majors and led the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980 World Championship.
Christina-Taylor herself played second base and was the lone girl on her Little League baseball team, the Daily Star said.
"She was born back east and Sept. 11 affected everyone there, and Christina-Taylor was always very aware of it. She was very patriotic and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her," said her mother, Roxanna Green. "She was all about helping people and being involved. It's so tragic. She went to learn today and then someone with so much hatred in their heart took the lives of innocent people."
Six people were killed in the attack Saturday.
A year after her birth, Christina-Taylor was among the children featured in the book "Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11." She gave the photographer a wide-eyed, one-tooth smile.