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Some of the Victims of the Attacks

October 19, 2001

Some of those confirmed dead, reported dead or missing in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11:

RENEE A. MAY, 39, of Baltimore, was a flight attendant on American Flight 77 when it was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. She had been a flight attendant for about a decade and worked as a volunteer guide at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, leading tours for school children. ``She was a very quiet, very rare kind of person with wide-ranging interests,″ said museum director Gary Vikan.

ROBERT M. MURACH, 45, of Montclair, N.J., a senior vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald, was enthusiastic about being a father to his daughters, Madison Zoe, 9, and Hayley Noelle, 6. ``He was totally involved from the time they were babies,″ said his wife, Laurie. ``He changed diapers, took them to dance classes, fed them. He’d play his CDs on the weekends and stand in the middle of the room making up dances with them.″ Two days before terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, he barbecued with a friend in the parking lot before a New York Jets game. ``It was a beautiful day, and I remember he looked at me and said, `What a great day,‴ Michael Pallarino said.

PETER A. SIRACUSE, 29, of New York, became a bond broker at Cantor Fitzgerald after working briefly as a high school history teacher and lacrosse coach. ``He was pretty aggressive, so it was a natural move for him to go into the bond broker business,″ said his brother Matthew. ``It was extremely competitive, and that’s what got Pete’s juices flowing.″ It was not unusual for Siracuse to start work at 7 a.m. and not finish until 11 p.m., said his supervisor, Anthony Sichenzio. ``He was definitely an up-and-coming star in the business,″ Sichenzio said. He said Siracuse liked to point co-workers to the picture on his desk of his 8-month-old son, Ryan Joseph. ``Everything I do I’m doing for the little guy,″ Siracuse would say.

MARK SCHURMEIER, 44, of McLean, Va., director of strategic engineering for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., was uneasy about attending meetings at the World Trade Center, a previous target for terrorist attacks. ``He didn’t like it too much,″ said Schurmeier’s father, Jerry. ``He just commented that it wasn’t his favorite place to go.″

MARVIN R. WOODS, 57, of Great Mills, Md., worked for 18 years as a civilian communications manager for the Navy and had been assigned to the Pentagon since the mid-1990s. Woods’ office was located where the plane crashed into the building on Sept. 11. Woods spent 22 years on active duty and retired from the Navy in December 1984 as chief radioman, said his wife, Betty Woods. ``He loved his country,″ she said. ``He would not want to give in to this terrorism. He would want the U.S. to stand together, to stand firm.″

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