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Some of Those Killed in Attacks

September 30, 2001

Some of those confirmed dead in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11:

ALFRED BRACA, 54, of Leonardo, N.J., a bond broker for eSpeed of Cantor Fitzgerald, was so devoted to his faith that colleagues called him ``the Rev.″ He was working in the World Trade Center when it was bombed in 1993. While running down the stairs after that bombing, his co-workers asked him if he was praying, and he replied, ```I got you covered,′ `` said his son, David John. Alfred Braca served as a deacon and a board member of his church and was also active in the chapel’s married couple’s ministry.

RANDY DRAKE, 37, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., died more than a week after falling debris from the World Trade Center attacks fractured his skull. He was a network integration manager for Siemens working on a project in New York’s financial district. He called his wife after the first plane struck one of the center’s twin towers. ``He said, `I just wanted you to know that I’m OK and I love you and goodbye,‴ Tammy Drake said.

MATTHEW MICHAEL FLOCCO, 21, of Newark, Del., told his father he wanted to get out of the Navy, get his college degree, then return as an officer. ``He wanted to have rank and he wanted to get there quick, and I tell you, he had the cut for it,″ Michael Flocco said. The younger Flocco, who worked in the Navy’s weather office, was proud of his posting to the Pentagon, his family said. ``The Pentagon, you think that’s the safest place in the world,″ said his aunt Michelle Iaello. ``We were happy when he was stationed there. You didn’t have to worry about him being on a ship, being bombed or torpedoed or something.″

LT. COL. STEPHEN NEIL HYLAND JR., 45, of Burke, Va., told a friend 20 years ago that he’d like his epitaph to read, ``Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.″ It was just too fitting, loved ones said. ``You look back, and all you think about is him laughing,″ said his father, Stephen. ``When he was in a room, everybody gathered around him.″

BRIAN ANTHONY MOSS, 34, of Sperry, Okla., an electronics technician in the Navy, was someone who looked out for others. ``I’ve seen him give away his lunch money as a kid to those he felt needed it more,″ said Pat Moss, his mother. Moss’ parents said they wanted to do something appropriate with the money they received from well-wishers. So they used it to establish a scholarship fund in their son’s name to help out a community-oriented Sperry High School student.

EDWARD V. ROWENHORST, 32, of Lake Ridge, Va., loved to take his 7-year-old daughter, Ashley, to his Pentagon office. He’d find an empty cubicle and give the girl some crayons, said his wife, Traci. Once, the two had a picnic lunch at the Washington Monument. ``Ashley just loved going in,″ Traci Rowenhorst said. ``Everyone in the office enjoyed kids. They were just a big family there.″

LT. CMDR. RONALD JAMES VAUK, 37, of Nampa, Idaho, was a Naval Academy graduate and former submarine officer who had begun his two-week Navy reserve training at the Pentagon the day before the terrorist attack. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Liam, and were expecting a second child in late November.

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