Angel dedicated to youngest victim of Arizona shooting rampage to be unveiled
March 31st, 2011
07:35 PM ET

Angel dedicated to youngest victim of Arizona shooting rampage to be unveiled

A statue of an angel in honor of the youngest victim of January's mass shooting will be unveiled in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday.

Christina Green was born on September 11, 2001, and died on January 8 in the Tucson shooting rampage, which left six dead and 13 wounded, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


The 9-foot, 11-inch thin metal angel incorporates steel from the Pentagon and World Trade Center. The rocks at the base are from the crash site of Flight 93. The statue will live at the Little League field where Christina played baseball.

Tune into CNN for more on the statue and an emotional interview with the woman who took Christina to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Friday on CNN.

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  1. Bill J

    I'm down with a memorial for Christina Green, but WTH has it got to do with the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, or 9-11? It's connecting her birth to a tragedy, when it was her death that was the tragedy. We should memorialize her, but celebrate her young life. I think the materials used are in very poor taste in that regard. What were they thinking?

    April 1, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Felicitations

      I'm mystified why artifacts from the tragedy of 9/11 were used as a memorial for this child. She was a victim of a crime committed by a deranged killer. Her death was a horrible tragedy but it is being exploited.

      April 5, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. frank

    this is ridiculous! and histrionic
    a statue for our men and women in combat yes........for this NO.
    how many people are victims of crime in the US? should we have a statue for each one.
    how about a statue for stacey peterson.......or many others murdered, disappeared, etc......

    April 1, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Z

    this is about respect for the young victim of the shooting, not you're religious banter and bashing and whatever,

    Just take it as it is – respect for her death.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Beto

    I am sorry so many were offended by my former post. Whenever an innocent young one is gone it hurts us all. Especially the poor family. But please don't hate on me just because of my belief. There are no angels. No heaven and no St Peter. Once we die. We rot. Sorry but I am a realist.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. joy

    That's an angel? Wow.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joseph

    Really? Millions of children are killed or injured in shootings. Why are they not being honored. So what she was born on 9/11. And to use steal from another US created diaster is even more disgusting! Then to use an angel like statue! Birds are not winged the way we think of an angel. Plus we are to heavy to fly! This is so disgusting.

    Wake up America!

    April 1, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I can't believe all the fuss over this memorial for this little girl. I said it before: leave this family alone! God, you people are insensitive! So they put an angel up as her memorial: so what? Would it have made you feel better to put up Spongebob Squarepants as a memorial? Then everybody would be saying "why not an angel?" (2xcept the self-absorbed atheists, who would have wanted their own character up there!)
    And how do you know there are *not* memorials for the others? Memorials take many forms...this one just happened to be in the news because it was a nation-wide story and the girl was so young. Just let it be, people...I fail to see how an angel memorial for a nine-year-old is jamming religion down anyone's throat, but it seems to me that the zealot atheists are just as rabid as the zealot religious types. Enough already!!!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Herbert

    @Jazz no you don't.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jj

    believe in the lord jesus christ and thou shalt be saved i believe does that drive you athiest knuckle heads crazy? good it should you walk around empty with no beliefs sad sad sad i walk with the lord with my head held high and yes i will be in a better place when i die non believers you still have chance you can turn your back on the lord but he will not turn his back on you i believe! you should too thats not self ritious just the truth

    April 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael J.

    You're a moron.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    Beto, this isn't the time for you to ask stupid philosophical questions, you moron. Why don't you show a little sympathy and compassion and delete your insensitive post.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    It isn't about you or what you do or don't believe. If this was a statue in your honor it could be anything you like I supose but it isn't. get over it.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. xXRationalXx

    sorry I'm an athiest but you're an idiot. An angel is a symbol. Calling a little girl an angel isn't implying shes a being from the realm of heaven and that she battles demons on epic planes of lava. It's just a loving thing for people no matter what religion or beliefs.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. AZ_biker

    It has nothing to do with you, moron. Her family buried her in the Catholic Church and it has everything to do with them.

    Not you. Believe it or not, you ideological, self-righteous pinhead, it really has nothing to do with you. What you think is irrelevant.

    I was at her funeral. With hundreds of my brothers and sisters. Because another group of hate-filled, ideological pinheads said they were going to make it about them, and we said no they weren't.

    What is wrong with people these days, that they can't just permit others to go about their business without butting in based upon their so-called superior viewpoints?

    April 1, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marko

    I'm also an athiest but I have to agree that your comment is totally out of place. It doesn't matter if you believe in angels. Its not being put their for you, but for this poor girl and her family. Your ignorant comments make athiests look bad. Keep your anger to yourself.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
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