Christina-Taylor Green: Arizona shooting victim, third-grader, budding politician By By KrissahThompson and Theola Labbe-DeBose Christina-Taylor Green (AP)Christina-Taylor Green's short life was pinned between two national tragedies: She was born Sept. 11, 2001, and she died as a gunman apparently targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) shot 20 people in Tucson. Christina, a budding elementary school politician, was once featured in the book "Faces of Hope," about children born on the day the World Trade Center collapsed. She was the youngest among the six killed in Saturday's shooting. The 9-year-old, who had big brown...
Christina-Taylor Green: Arizona shooting victim, third-grader, budding politician
By By KrissahThompson and Theola Labbe-DeBose
Christina-Taylor Green (AP)Christina-Taylor Green's short life was pinned between two national tragedies: She was born Sept. 11, 2001, and she died as a gunman apparently targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) shot 20 people in Tucson.
Christina, a budding elementary school politician, was once featured in the book "Faces of Hope," about children born on the day the World Trade Center collapsed. She was the youngest among the six killed in Saturday's shooting.
The 9-year-old, who had big brown eyes and long brown hair, recently had been elected to her student council. She went with a family friend to see Giffords speak, a way to learn more about serving in government.
"Christina Green was a wonderful child," said her teacher, Kathie DeKnikker. "She had not only the energy and enthusiasm of a typical third-grader but also maturity and insight that most children don't attain until much later."
Christina's love of American civics began early.
"She was born back east and Sept. 11 affected everyone there, and Christina-Taylor was always very aware of it," her mother, Roxanna Green, told the Arizona Daily Star. "She was very patriotic, and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her."
DeKnikker said she was a leader in her classroom at Mesa Verde Elementary school, helping other students and contributing to discussions.
"The thing I will remember most about Christina was her well-developed sense of humor. Oh, how she could make us laugh with her witty comments," she said. "We will all miss her terribly."
School officials said there will be counselors early Monday morning for students and staff.
The young girl, who was the only girl to play for the Pirates, the Canyon del Oro Little League baseball team, continued the family's baseball tradition. Her father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers and her grandfather, Dallas Green, is a former major league pitcher and manager. The elder Green managed the Philadephia Phillies from 1979 to 1981, winning a World Series title in 1980. He went on to manage the Yankees and the Mets.
Read about the reaction of the sports world to Christina-Taylor's death here.
Christina had one sibling an 11-year-old brother, also named Dallas, and the two loved to go swimming together, her parents said.
"She kept up with everyone. She was a strong girl, a very good athlete and a strong swimmer," her mother said in interviews with the local paper. "She was interested in everything. She got a guitar for Christmas, so her next thing was learning to play guitar."
Christina had just received her first Holy Communion at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson, Catholic Diocese of Tucson officials told the Arizona Daily Star.
"She was real special and real sweet, "her uncle Greg Segalini told the Arizona Republic.
The girl was already aware of the "inequalities" of the world, Roxanna Green said. Christina often repeated the same phrase to her mother: "We are so blessed. We have the best life."
Dorothy Morris: Arizona shooting victim, married to high school sweetheart, and mother
By Theola Labbe-DeBose. James Buck and Melissa Bell
Dorothy Morris (AP/The Arizona Republic)Dorothy Morris, 76, and her husband George went to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-AZ) Congress on the Corner event in Tucson, only to be caught in the line of fire. Dorothy Morris was declared dead on the scene, while her husband remains in critical condition at the University Medical Center in Tucson, the Reno Gazette-Journal writes.
The couple were Reno High School sweethearts, according to the Gazette-Journal, and have two daughters, Kim Hardy and Tori Nelson, who live in Las Vegas.
Neighbors said the Morrises moved to Tucson more than a decade ago from Nevada. Dorothy was a secretary and homemaker; George, who was shot in the shoulder, is a former pilot for United Airlines and the Marine Corps.
The corps flag and a U.S. flag flew daily outside their home, neighbors said. They were often seen walking around their retirement community, called Sun City Vistoso, and Dorothy went to a local Bible study class.
The couple would go away in the winter, in their camper, to visit children in Oregon. A few years ago, their children threw them a 50th anniversary party, inviting some of the neighbors.
"Nice people, not a bad word to say about them," said Marie Bender, one of their neighbors.
John M. Roll: Arizona shooting victim, federal judge and grandfather
By Jerry Markon
Federal District Judge John Roll (Dennis Cook/AP)John M. Roll, the chief federal judge in Arizona, has been the subject of hundreds of threats, some so serious he was for a time in 2009 placed under 24-hour protection. But it was an accident of bad timing - and his friendship with a congresswoman's aide - that led to his fatal shooting Saturday at a political event in Tucson.
Roll, 63, was leaving a supermarket nearby when when he spotted Ron Barber, aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), and "stopped by to say hi," according to a spokeswoman for Giffords. A short time later, a gunman opened fire. Giffords, the apparent target, was wounded, as was Barber, her district director.
Roll was among six killed, making him the first federal judge killed since U.S. appeals court Judge Robert S. Vance was slain by a pipe bomb at his Birmingham, Ala., home in 1989.
"He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding.
Colleagues and officials described Roll as a thoughtful and quiet man, an avid churchgoer and lap swimmer who loved public service and never complained about the threats against his life.
"We are brokenhearted,'' said Rebecca White Berch, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, who knew Roll well. "He was one of the nicest, most gentle and fair people you can imagine. This is just devastating to everyone.''
In a statement, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. praised Roll as "a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation" and said his death "is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it.''
Roll was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and had been chief judge since 2006. A Pennsylvania native, he served as an Arizona state appeals court judge and assistant U.S. attorney before joining the federal bench.
Although only four federal judges have been killed in modern history, threats to judges and prosecutors have soared in recent years.
Roll was the victim of hundreds of threats in February 2009 after he allowed a lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against a rancher to go forward. "They cursed him out, threatened to kill his family, said they'd come and take care of him. They really wanted him dead," a law enforcement official told The Washington Post in May 2009.
U.S. marshals put Roll under 24-hour protection for about a month. They guarded his home in a secluded area just outside Tucson, screening his mail and escorting him to court, to the gym and to the Catholic Mass he attended daily.
Roll told the Post in May 2009 that "any judge who goes through this knows it's a stressful situation" and that he and his family were grateful for the protection.Berch said she and her federal judicial colleagues will closely review their security in light of Roll's death. "I can certainly imagine that we're all going to sit down and take a look at our policies and practices,'' she said.
Investigators said they do not think that Roll's death was related to the 2009 threats but emphasized that they are conducting a thorough probe that will look into all possible motives - and will also examine any recent threats against the judge.
"We will determine . . . what brought the judge to the event, why he was at the grocery store this morning,'' said Michael Prout, assistant director for judicial security for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Prout, whose agency protects federal judges and prosecutors, said Roll was "a friend and fan of the Marshals.''
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who recommended Roll for the federal bench, said the judge "will be missed very much. . . . Judge Roll dedicated his life to public service and was admired by many for his integrity, kindness and love for the law.''
"Words are inadequate to express such a profound loss to his family, friends, state and country, but it is appropriate to note that a man of great qualities and character was struck down today," McCain said.
Roll is survived by his wife, Maureen, three sons, and five grandchildren.
n his son Christopher's Facebook page, friends left messages of condolence, writing, "Chris your father is a true hero and mentor. He will be missed dearly." and "My dad and I were remembering what an amazing father, friend, and judge your dad was."
Phyllis Schneck: Arizona shooting victim, widow, and great-grandmother
By Krissah Thompson
B.J. Offutt, daughter of Phyllis Schneck, holds up photos of her mother. (AP)
Phyllis Schneck (AP)For the past decade, 79-year-old Phyllis Schneck has spent her winters in sunny Tucson, away from her home state of New Jersey. Eventually she became an Arizona resident, taking up with the town's robust community of retirees.
A widow who had been married to Edward Schneck for 56 years until his death, Schneck had been a homemaker, loved making crafts and remained devoted to her family. "She was a woman that got married in the early 1950s, and she did all of that June Cleaver stuff," Schneck's daughter Phyllis Rautenberg said fondly. "She loved Tucson and had lots of friends there, and spent lots of time at her church."
Schneck was not especially active politically, according to her daughter. "I don't know why she was there," Rautenberg said. According to the Wall Street Journal, another daughter, B.J. Offutt, said her mother admired Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-Ariz.) for her stance on border protection. The Trentonian described Schneck as a lifelong conservative, who voted for Giffords and went to meet her after receiving a robo-call about the event.
Schneck is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Dorwin Stoddard: Arizona shooting victim, husband, church leader
By Krissah Thompson
Dorwin Stoddard (AP)Dorwin Stoddard, 76, died shielding his wife from the barrage of bullets. Mavanell "Mavy" Stoddard, 75, was shot in the leg several times but is expected to recover, friends said.
"He was a hero," said neighbor Marge Osterman.
Friends and church members knew well the Stoddards' love story: They were high school classmates in Tucson who moved away, married other people and made a life. When their spouses died, they moved back and reconnected. Both were leaders in their church benevolence ministry.
"They normally go out to breakfast every Saturday," said their pastor, the Rev. Mike Nowak. On this Saturday, Mavy told Nowak, she had wanted to tell their congresswoman that she was doing a good job.
Gabe Zimmerman: Arizona shooting victim, community outreach volunteer, and fiance
By Lisa Rein
Gabe Zimmerman (AP)Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, was killed in the mass shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's Congress on the Corner event. Zimmerman, a former social worker, was Giffords's director of community outreach and the organizer of the meet-and-greet event.
The Wall Street Journal writes that his mother Emily Nottingham said, "He loved his job working as a congressional aide because it allowed him to be involved in developing social policy while giving direct assistance to those who needed help, such as veterans and people with mental illness."
Zimmerman was Giffords's point of contact for constituents in the district. It was a great fit: Zimmerman had a degree in social work, natural empathy and an extroverted personality, those who knew him said.
"He always cared what people had to say," said Jonathan Kalm, a freshman at Arizona State who had interned in the district office. When tea party activists held a protest there during the health-care debate, "Gabe was able to reason with them," Kalm said.
Zimmerman was a Tucson native. He had worked for Giffords since her first campaign in 2006. He was engaged to marry a nurse and was an avid runner, friends said.
Zimmerman had worked with Giffords since her first congressional race in 2006, the Arizona Daily Star reports, and his friends described him as having a natural talent at working with other people.
Gabe Zimmerman in 2009 (Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans)He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's in social work from Arizona State University. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his father, Ross Zimmerman, step-mother Pam Golden, brother Ben Zimmerman, and fiancée Kelly O'Brien.
The Wall Street Journal reports that there are no plans yet for a funeral service.