Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was among those killed in a tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday.
The incident occurred at a public event held by U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in her home district. Local NBC affiliate KVOA reports that family members say Christina, who was a student at Mesa Verde Elementary School, went to the event because she wanted to learn more about the world of politics.
The Arizona Republic reports:
A neighbor was going to the Giffords event and invited Christina along because she thought she would enjoy it, said her uncle, Greg Segalini.
Christina had just been elected to the student council at her school. The event, held outside a Safeway supermarket north of Tucson, was an opportunity for constituents to meet Giffords and talk about any concerns they had related to the federal government.
Featured in the book Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11, Christina was described by family members as a vibrant individual and someone who was excited about life, according to KVOA. The local outlet reports they called her "the best daughter in the world."
Segalini told the Republic that his niece was involved in many extracurricular activities ranging from ballet to baseball. KVOA notes that she loved the sport, as well as horseback riding and swimming.
"She was real special and real sweet," he said.
The Arizona Daily Star has more:
She also loved animals and was a passionate dancer who loved ballet, hip-hop, jazz and gymnastics and was the only girl on her Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team, "The Pirates." She played second base.
Christina came from a family of baseball players. Her grandfather, former Major League pitcher Dallas Green, was team manager for the Philadelphia Phillies when they won the World Series in 1980.
Christina's mother Roxanna Green appeared on MSNBC Sunday morning to talk about her daughter's death.
"I just want her memory to live on, she's a face of hope, a face of change," she said. "Stop the violence, stop the hatred."