Two people were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the terrorist attacks were identified this week by the authorities, providing some closure for the families of the victims, who have waited almost two decades for an answer.
Dorothy Morgan, of Hempstead, New York, and an unnamed man at the request of his family, tagged 1,646 and 1,647 people whose remains were identified through “ongoing DNA analysis,” according to a statement. announced Tuesday from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
As the world reflected on Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 2,753 people, New York City officials said employees in the medical examiner’s office had Non-stop work to identify victims since morning two hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
“Twenty years ago, we promised the families of the World Trade Center victims to do whatever we could as long as their loved ones were identified, and with these two new identities. We continue to fulfill that sacred duty.” Dr. Barbara A. Sampson, Chief Medical Officer for New York City, said in the statement.
“No matter how much time has passed since September 11, 2001, we will never forget, and we are committed to using all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who have died have be reunited with their families.”
Authorities said a total of 2,977 people died in the terror attack that day. The deaths also include those from a commercial jet that crashed into the Pentagon and those killed on United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as passengers fought back the hijackers.
The identities of Morgan and the man who have not been made public are the first new identities of World Trade Center victims since October 2019, officials said. About 40%, or 1,106 of the victims killed in the attack, have yet to be identified, authorities said.
Officials say Morgan’s remains were found in 2001, while the unidentified man’s remains were found in 2001, 2002 and 2006.
NBC New York reported that Morgan was 47 years old when she died. Morgan’s daughter, Nykiah Morgan, told the news agency that September 11 has always been a sad and difficult day for her. She said she chooses to immerse herself in the world as each memory passes.
“I close the door. Turn off the phone. Turn off the TV, everything,” she said.
Morgan told NBC New York that she accepts her mother was killed in terrorist attacks, but a part of her frets. “Maybe she has amnesia. Maybe she’s living a completely different life and she’s happy,” she said.
Finding out her mother was identified was very painful.
“It’s like you’re reliving it all.”