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Remembering Those Lost
As part of NY1's special 9/11 coverage, Roger Clark takes at those who perished in the attack on the World Trade Center.
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They were mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives. They were investment bankers and bond traders, electricians and food service professionals - men and women with families, with children, with friends. Some were just starting out, others were near retirement.

The more than 2,000 civilians killed at the World Trade Center came from many walks of life, from different neighborhoods, different nations and different religions. But their families have all shared the same despair, still picking up the pieces of their lives one year after suffering devastating losses.

These are some of their stories, from the people who are still living through it.

 
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Marina Gertsberg

Marina Gertsberg, 25, had only been working at the Trade Center for a short period of time - she had just started a job at Cantor Fitzgerald, which ultimately lost 658 employees at the Twin Towers.

Marina loved New York City, where she moved with her parents from the Ukraine when she was four. She grew up in Queens and lived in Brooklyn, but her parents say that Manhattan was her place.

To help keep Marina's memory alive, her parents have started scholarships in her name at both Binghamton University, where she attended college, and Baruch College, where she had just started her MBA studies. They are also working with other families of Ukranian descent who lost loved ones on 9/11 to create a memorial at Brooklyn's Seaside Park.

 
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Thomas Ashton

One of the World Trade Center's youngest victims, 21-year-old Thomas Ashton was a Local 3 electrician who had been on the job there for just two days. He and another electrician had been contracted to work on a maintenance project on the 95th floor, at the offices of Marsh and McLennan. Both were killed as a result of the terrorist attacks.

Tommy's death has left a tremendous void in the lives of his family and friends. But the Ashton family says it will continue to do all the things Tommy loved to do.

They are also involved in the Skyscraper Safety Campaign, hoping to bring reform to the construction of the city's tall buildings of the future - in order to help avoid the kind of collapses that killed Tommy and so many others.

 
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Stephen Tompsett

Stephen Tompsett was an Australian computer scientist who came to love New York, and a husband and father of a 10-year-old daughter.

There are many stories from September 11 of people who were supposed to be at the Trade Center that morning, but somehow overslept, or missed a train, or had a doctor’s appointment. Then there are the stories of those who did not work there, but somehow came to be at the Twin Towers for one reason or another.

Tompsett did not work at the Trade Center, but he attended a conference there on the morning of 9/11. He was one of the more than 2,800 who perished in the nation's worst terrorist attack.

 
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Salman Hamdani

Salman Hamdani wasn't supposed to be at the World Trade Center on September 11. He was on his way to work at Rockefeller University uptown, and somehow wound up at the Twin Towers.

His parents believe that Salman, who was an emergency medical technician, went there to help after the planes struck the towers.

The couple, who are from Pakistan and have two other sons, have a unique perspective on the terrorist attacks. The Hamdani's are Muslims, and while spending the past year mourning the loss of their oldest boy, they have had to listen to and even experience backlash against Islamic people in the wake of the attacks.

 
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Candace Lee Williams


Candace Lee Williams was a 20-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, attending Northeastern University in Boston. On September 11 she was planning to visit her college roommate in Los Angeles. The two had even rented a convertible, and Candace wanted to have her picture taken in front of the famous "Hollywood" sign.

That morning Candace boarded American Airlines Flight 11 at Logan Airport in Boston. And within an hour, her young life ended in the horror of 9/11.

In the aftermath of the attacks, Candace's mother has dedicated herself to keeping the spirit of her daughter alive.

 
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