December 31, 2016

Hero Week Day 6 – 9/11 Victims Not Yet Recovered

“Forty percent of the victims — or 1,113 persons — have not been identified, though the city presumptively issued death certificates” (NYTimes.com).  Their families continue to live with a void in their lives, not knowing whether they will ever have closure.  Many possessions and personal items belonging to these victims have been recovered, and continue to be stored in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (dailymail.co.uk).

As recently as March 2015, another family gained closure when the remains of Matthew Yarnell were positively identified 14 years after his death.  “Mr. Yarnell, who lived in Jersey City, had graduated in 1997 from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. He worked on the 97th floor of the south tower as a vice president and programmer analyst in technology and was one of 97 employees of Fiduciary Trust and its parent company, Franklin Templeton Investments, who were killed when the twin towers were destroyed.” (NYTimes)

More stories and recollections of 9/11 victims are presented in the NYTimes Portraits of Grief.  Information on the victims is available at the 9/11 Memorial Website.

Image: Gretchen Kaag

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