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Christina Laid To Rest

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The youngest of the victims of Saturday's shootings in Arizona is the first to be laid to rest.

The family of 9-year-old Christina Green held hands and paused in a moment of silence today outside a church in Tucson, where a large American flag had been raised by two fire trucks. It's a flag that had been recovered from the World Trade Center after the terror attacks on the day Christina was born.

The family then escorted the girl's small brown casket into the church, as little girls about Christina's age cried.

On a road near the church, several hundred other mourners lined up to show their support. They said they wanted to be there in case members of a Kansas church showed up to protest. That church is known for protesting at the funerals of slain servicemen and blaming their deaths on the country's tolerance of homosexuality.

Speaking last night at a memorial in Tucson, President Barack Obama spoke at length about the 9-year-old, and about her interest in democracy. She urged Americans to make that democracy "as good as Christina imagined it."

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