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[UPDATE] Tucson Arizona Shooting - Christina Taylor Green Laid to Rest

By: Karen Brown / Associate Press Email
By: Karen Brown / Associate Press Email

[UPDATE] 1-16 6:03PM

BOSTON (AP) -- The father of the youngest victim of the Arizona massacre says some of her organs have been donated to a young girl in the Boston area.

John Green tells The Boston Globe in Sunday's edition that he received a phone call about the transplant, but he doesn't know any other details about the donation.

He says the call "really lifted" his spirit and he and his wife are proud parents once again of their daughter, "who has done another amazing thing."

Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was born Sept. 11, 2001.

She had just been elected to her Tucson school's student council, which is why she went to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

A spokesman for the New England Organ Bank tells the Globe he can't comment on donations.

The Arizona Republic reported Friday that Tucson's Bishop Gerald Kicanas told the crowd at Christina's funeral that her organs had been donated.

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Family and friends gathered to say a final farewell to nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green -- the youngest victim of Saturday's shooting.

An American flag displayed at the funeral was recovered from Ground Zero on September 11th, 2001... the day Christina was born.

The church released audio of the bishop's homily:

"She wanted to make a difference in her life, she wanted to make her mark. And she did so, in so powerful a way that even she could not imagine." - Bishop Gerald Kicanas

Today's funeral is the first of six that will be held for those killed Saturday. But there are also signs of hope for the survivors.

Doctors say Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords can move both arms and legs... And last night she opened her eyes for the first time:

Neurosurgeon Michael Lemole, M.D. says, "This is a major milestone for her. And we're hoping she crosses through many more."

Giffords's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, has suspended training for a space shuttle flight in April... to stay at her bedside.

As the investigation continues -- people who knew the suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, say he seemed to unravel in the past year, with increasingly bizarre outbursts.

Kelsey Hawkes, Loughner's high school girlfriend, says, "The Jared I used to know is completely changed.... I would never have expected to see him become what he has."

Police say they've found a black bag Loughner carried before the shootings... and that it may contain evidence in the case.


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