Christina-Taylor Green benefit game

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Baseball was back in Tucson Monday, with the Chicago White Sox taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon.

This was not any spring training game, it was a game to raise funds and to remember 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

Green was the youngest of six people killed on January 8.

Dallas Green, Christina Green's brother was one of three people to throw out the first pitch.

The benefit game was a fitting tribute to the 9-year-old girl, baseball being one of her greatest passions.

"We miss our daughter tremendously, but I think this something she would of been very proud of," said John Green.

The proceeds from Monday's game will go the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund, established to leave a lasting legacy that will help other Tucson kids.

"[The funds] will help refurbish parks or build parks for young children, helps kids go to college and help the less fortunate," said Christina's mother Roxanna Green.

Many of the fans were glad to catch a spring training game, however it was more important for them to give to the fund.

"It does help the healing process, there's a big crowd out here so a lot of people are showing their support and I am sure that means a lot to the family," said baseball fan Mark Lujan.

It does mean a lot especially for a family still trying to heal from losing a loved one.

"From the airport last night, I drove home.  I expect to see my son Dallas and Christina there and you know one of them is not there, so it's difficult," said John Green.

Donations to the Christina-Taylor Green fund can be made here.