Some of Those Killed in Attacks
Some of those killed in the terrorist acts Sept. 11:
CHRISTOPHER LARRABEE, 26, was working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower when American Flight 11 crashed into the building. After the jet hit, Larrabee called his father saying, ``Dad, did you hear a plane hit the building?″ The father urged his son to get out. They never spoke again. Larrabee, who grew up in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., had moved to New York in February to train with Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond brokerage firm. ``He was just a real fun-loving guy,″ said friend Michael Decoster.
PATRICK J. MCGUIRE, 40, of Madison, N.J., had told his children what he wanted written on his tombstone: ``He was a great dad.″ McGuire, who worked at Euro Brokers Inc. in the World Trade Center, talked to his four children the morning before the towers were destroyed. ``He was a great father and husband and a loving man to almost everybody,″ said his wife, Danielle.
JOHN P. O’NEILL, 50, director of security at the World Trade Center, became an expert in terrorism over three decades in the FBI. He retired as the head of the agency’s national security division in New York two weeks before the attack. With the FBI, he supervised the onsite investigations of the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen last year, as well as the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Friends and family believe O’Neill was in his 34th-floor office when the first hijacked plane crashed into the tower. Within minutes, O’Neill was outside on the sidewalk, calling a close friend and his son, J.P. O’Neill, from his cell phone to assure them he was safe. He then called FBI headquarters before re-entering one of the towers to assist in the evacuation. ``He didn’t have to be there,″ New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said.
JUPITER YAMBEM, 41, of Beacon, N.Y., was a restaurant manager at the Windows of the World restaurant on the World Trade Center’s 107th floor. Yambem emigrated 20 years ago from Gauhati, India, to New York, where he earned a financial management degree from the State University of New York.