TODAY   |  January 14, 2011

Tucson mourns as 9-year-old victim buried

While Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues to make progress in her recovery, Christina Green, the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Tucson, was laid to rest. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> but let us begin with the shooting rampage in arizona as the first victim is laid to rest. miguel, good morning.

>> reporter: meredith, good morning. four victims are hospitalized, the congresswoman is still in critical condition , this as the first of six funerals was yesterday. they lineded the streets of tucson. some had never met 9-year-old christina taylor green, but still they wanted to say goodbye. a tragic day, just like the day she was born, september 11 , 2001 .

>> she began her life in a tragedy, 9/11 and her life was ended with a tragedy here in arizona.

>> reporter: her family paused below a patch work of flags called the ground zero flag, delivered from the site of the world trade center , christina 's small casket passed beneath it too. her brother dallas's tears, her parents pain shared by parents everywhere. christina was the youngest victim, the same age as the first family's youngest daughter sasha. in an open letter to parents across the country, michelle obama urged parents to talk to their children about christina . we can tell them about christina , the first lady wrote and about how much she wanted to give back.

>> gabe was my best friend, it's going to be harder for me to get through life on a day to day basis.

>> reporter: and every day, new signs of hope for giffords, christine gilly brand was there for that the first moment described by president obama .

>> her eyes slowly coming open and her husband could. believe it.

>> reporter: husband mark kelly urged giffords to give the thumbs up. she raised her arm.

>> we're saying, gabby, you can do it, everybody that loves this woman are around her hospital bed, all these people are there to say gabby we're with you.

>> reporter: whmeanwhile police continue to build their case against jared lee loughner. police say thursday they found the bag he carried the day of the shooting.

>> we end up and retrieved the bag and found inside several boxes of 9 millimeter ammunition.

>> reporter: the scene of tucson's tragedy, a suburban strip mall has been cleaned, much of the crime tape removed. the grocery store where the congresswoman was shot and six others killed is expected to reopen tomorrow, exactly one week later, a community trying to return to normal as more victims are laid to rest this weekend. back here at the hospital, doctors say the congresswoman is making remarkable strides. the other three victims, meredith, are all in fair conditi condition.

>> that's good news.