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Classmates, others, mourn slain girl


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A memorial of ribbons, stuffed animals and flowers is in place outside an elementary school in Tucson, Ariz. And it's been growing steadily today.

It's the school that was attended by 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was among the six people killed in Saturday's shooting.

She'd recently been elected to the student council -- and those who knew her said it was the reason she attended the event where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others were shot.

Teachers have met with psychologists to discuss how to talk to the children about Christina's death.

Stuffed bears and ribbons are tied to a chain-link fence outside the school. There are candles, signed cards and a wooden cross with the words "Christina" and "Hope." Students hugged each other -- some were weeping -- as they left flowers and handwritten messages.

One woman remembered Christina as a sweet girl who sometimes played with her own two children. She says she seemed mature for her age -- almost like an adult.

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