(ReliableNews.org) – Twenty years ago, 19 plane hijackers murdered 2,977 people in the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. They flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Although nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, authorities haven’t been able to identify all of their remains.
Just days before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, officials announced they’d identified two more of the victims.
On Tuesday, September 7, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s office announced the identities of two of the people who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Authorities used DNA to figure out to whom the remains belonged. They are the 1,646th and 1,647th to be identified.
In a statement, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara A. Sampson said her office promised to “do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify” the loved ones who died that day. She said authorities would continue their quest to provide answers to all of the 9/11 families.
The family of one of the victims did not want to go public; NY authorities honored those wishes and did not reveal their identity. The other victim is 47-year-old Dorothy Morgan. She was working on the 94th floor of the North Tower when the attacks occurred. She’d spoken to her daughter Nykiah that fateful morning.
Her daughter told People that her mom was an amazing woman who was loving and caring. When she heard the news that authorities identified her mother’s remains, she said she felt shocked.
“I didn’t expect it after all this time,” Nykiah said.
The news of the latest identifications is great, but it’s undoubtedly bittersweet for many families. Although 2,753 people died in the World Trade Center attacks, the medical examiners have only been able to identify 1,647. Nearly 40% of those who lost their lives, 1,106 people, have still not been identified.
Sadly, many of the families might not ever get that closure. The planes didn’t just hit the Towers; they caused explosions that led to the collapse of both buildings. The fire was hot enough to damage the steel building. Some of the victims’ remains may be lost forever.
Sampson is still optimistic her team will be able to identify more victims. She said she has no intention of giving up. She wants to finally give families what they want the most: a reunion, closure, and proper burial for their loved ones.
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