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Oct 6, 2013 11:59 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Youngest Tucson mass shooting victim honored with statue

TUCSON - The youngest victim of the January 8, 2011 mass shooting is now memorialized in a statue at St. Odilia's Catholic church on the Northwest Side.

Christina-Taylor Green was 9 years old when she died.

Her parents, John and Roxanna Green, went to a dedication ceremony at the parish Sunday evening.

"Through these types of projects, really, the community is helping keep Christina's hopes and dreams alive," John Green said. "So it's wonderful."

Roxanna Green hopes the bronze statue of the girl with Jesus can comfort people of any faith.

"Everyone has lost someone special in their life," she said. "So this is not only for this parish, but it's for our community."

The sculptor, Mark Rossi, has been working on the project for more than a year. He said the experience was an honor and very humbling.

"I felt like I was just the hands involved," Rossi said. "A lot of meaning came from all of those involved."

The crowd also celebrated the re-dedication of the Teresa Bier Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Bier passed away recently. She served the congregation for decades and helped create the church's education center, which is also named after Christina-Taylor Green.

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