NEW YORK — A piece of World Trade Center steel is being molded into an angel in memory of a girl who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and died in a barrage of gunfire in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The 51/2-foot-long fragment of an I-beam was picked up from a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday and will be trucked to Arizona in time for an April 1 dedication ceremony. The Freedom's Steadfast Angel of Love statue will incorporate artifacts from the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., sculptor Lei Hennessy-Owen said.
The angel honoring Christina-Taylor Green will stand 9 feet, 11 inches tall. The steel from the twin towers was donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site.
Christina-Taylor, at 9, was the youngest victim of the January shooting, which killed six people and wounded 13.
Her birth on the day of the worst terror attack in the nation's history and her death in another unspeakable act of violence made her an enduring face in the Tucson tragedy, generating a tremendous outpouring of sympathy in Arizona and nationwide.
Donations to her memorial fund came in from 10 countries and 43 states in the first month alone after the shooting.
Her statue will be installed at James D. Kriegh Park in Oro Valley, Ariz., where she played Little League baseball, and dedicated at the opening day ceremony of the Canyon del Oro Little League.