Nightly News   |  January 09, 2011

Slain girl ‘proud’ of dubious birthday, father says

Roxanna and John Green, the parents of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, tell NBC’s Lester Holt that their daughter – who was born on Sept. 11, 2001 – had “nine good years in the middle.”

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>> 9-year-old victim, christina taylor green. she was born on september 11th , 2001 , a birthday that defined her life but in ways you might not expect. in fact, it's part of the reason she came here with the family friend to meet congresswoman giffords. today i sat down with christina 's mom and dad who talked about the little girl they loved and cherished and a little girl 's story that might teach us all a long or two about hope.

>> she was very patriotic.

>> president obama mentioned her in his remarks, fbi director muller talked about a child trying to learn about how the government works. to hear her name mentioned in that way, how does that make you feel?

>> i'm proud of her. president obama and his campaign is where she started to getting interested in politics, and at least to have him mention her makes me feel good.

>> it just -- i just knew in my heart something bad, something really, really bad. they told me tried their best to save her, but they couldn't and that she had passed away.

>> i think everybody paused when they heard christina 's birthday, september 11th , 2001 .

>> she was very proud of that. she began her life with a tragedy on 9/11, and her life was ended with a tragedy here in arizona. but there was nine good years in the middle, so the tragedy is where the book ends. the bulk of her life was wonderful, and we loved every minute of it.

>> a remarkable family and a remarkable little girl . we'll have much more of that interview tonight on "dateline" at 8:00/7:00