Iowa monks donate casket for Tucson girl killed in shooting rampage
By Catherine Holland
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A group of Roman Catholic monks in Iowa has donated a hand-crafted casket to the family of a 9-year-old girl killed in last weekend's mass shooting in Arizona.
The casket for Christina Taylor Green was made by Trappist Caskets, which is owned by the New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque. The casket was customized and blessed by the monks before it was shipped to Arizona. The child's funeral is Thursday.
Sam Mulgrew, the general manager of Trappist Caskets, says the casket is made of red oak grown in the monastery's forest. It was engraved with her name, birthdate --Sept. 11, 2001 -- and date of death. The monks also made keepsake crosses for her family.
In addition, the largest flag recovered from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center is on its way to Arizona to be displayed at Christina's funeral.
Christina was among six people killed in the shootings that seriously wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.