January 9, 2011 / 10:00 PM / 9 years ago

Former Phillies manager's granddaughter among Tucson victims

Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series between the Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Philadelphia, in this October 21, 2009 file photo. Green is the grandfather of the 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was among six people shot and killed in the January 8, 2011 shooting rampage at a public meeting in Tucson, the Phillies said on Sunday. REUTERS/Jim Young/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 9-year-old girl killed in the Tucson shooting rampage that critically wounded a member of Congress was the granddaughter of former Major League Baseball manager Dallas Green, his former team said on Sunday.

The young victim, Christina Taylor Green, was also the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball scout John Green.

Dallas Green managed the Philadelphia Phillies team that won the World Series in 1980.

“The Phillies organization expresses our heartfelt condolences to Dallas and ... the entire Green family on the senseless, tragic loss of Christina’s life,” the Phillies said in a statement.

Frank McCourt, the owner of the Dodgers, said in a statement his team lost “a member of the Dodgers family.”

“The entire Dodgers organization is mourning the death of John’s daughter Christina, and will do everything we can to support John, his wife Roxana and their son Dallas in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy,” McCourt said.

Christina was born on September 11, 2001, the day the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon were attacked, according to media reports, which also said she was among the subjects of a book about children born that day and was interested in politics.

On Saturday, the girl was one of six victims killed when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire at a public event held by congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered severe severe wounds to her brain in the shooting.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jerry Norton

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