Youngest victim in Tucson mass shooting laid to rest

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The funeral for the youngest victim of the Tucson shootings was held Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Nine-year-old Christina Green went to Mesa Verde Elementary School and was recently elected to the student council. She expressed an interest in politics, which is why she was at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' event at a Tucson Safeway last Saturday.

Several hundred people stood silently along a road near the church. Most of the people were dressed in white T-shirts and said Thursday they organized over the Internet and by word of mouth.

About 20 people who were dressed as angels said they went in case members of a Kansas church showed up to protest.

Christina was born on Sept. 11, 2001. She was featured in a book called "Faces of Hope" that chronicled one baby from each state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people.

A large American flag recovered from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks was raised outside the church.

Her family paused in a moment of silence beneath the flag Thursday and later escorted the 9-year-old's small brown casket into the church as little girls about Christina's age cried. The casket was surrounded by flowers, including pink roses.

Christina's best friend escorted the casket into the church and sat with Christina's family.

Tucson-area Bishop Gerald Kicanus led the service.

Those who attended said her father talked about the places the family had lived and traveled, and that he would always cherish coming home after long business trips.

Billy Joel's "Lullaby" was performed at the end of the service.