Gerard Jean Baptiste
New York Firefighter Gerard Baptiste was known for carrying treats for the many dogs that walked past Ladder 9 in SoHo. He was also known for his love of New York and the people who called the city their home. After studying graphic arts and computers, Gerard joined the New York National Guard and was working to become an officer in the Fire Department.
Chapel Hill Plot, Section 5, Lot 17698
Helen Cook was 12 years old when she and her younger brother moved to the Bronx from Honduras with their mother. Helen loved school and had her sights set on becoming a nurse. After three years of college, she took a summer job at 1 World Trade Center and met Jermaine Cook, who worked for the stock exchange. The couple married and had a son. Helen became a customer service account representative for General Telecom where she worked on the 82nd floor.
Salvia Plot, R6 G80A
Senior Attorney Dwight Darcy, 55, was at work on the 66th floor of the North Tower when the World Trade Center was struck. Mr. Darcy had been with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 25 years. He and his wife raised their two sons in Bronxville, N.Y. He served on the parish board of St. Joseph’s of Bronxville Roman Catholic Church and he and his wife attended many performances at the Met and the City Opera over the years.
Walnut Plot Section 94, Lot 74B
Manuel “Manny” Del Valle Jr.
Firefighter Manny Del Valle Jr. was 32 years old and part of Engine Company No. 5 when he died. At home in the Bronx, Mr. Del Valle loved music, took advanced classes in salsa dancing, and was an accomplished moguls skier and roller skater. He graduated from the University of Maryland and cared deeply for his large family. They say he was the one who always sent a card and gifts to siblings, half-siblings, and cousins.
Chapel Hill Plot, Section 5, Lot 17689
Sadie Ette, 36, worked on the 106th floor at 1 World Trade Center as an account representative for Windows on the World. She had migrated to the U.S. from Eket, Nigeria, where she had studied law. She was adventurous and traveled the world during her many trips. She was known for maintaining contact with far-flung relatives and friends and was at the center of a large social group of Nigerians in New York.
Salvia Plot R10 G40A
Linda Mair Grayling
Linda Mair Grayling, 44, was extremely proud of the new job she had just gotten as a receptionist at Marsh & McLennan on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center. She especially loved the view. Ms. Grayling was a single mother to a young daughter.
Lotus Maus., Bank B, Niche 7D
A strong but gentle man, Mr. Lachhman, 41, was known for his volleyball skills after getting his start with the sport as a teenager in his native Guyana. He was selected twice to play on the national team that competed against teams of other countries. In the early 1980s, Mr. Lachhman settled in the United States, and eventually got into construction work. He was employed by PM Contracting and was doing office renovations for Cantor Fitzgerald on Sept. 11. He left behind a wife and two children.
Lotus Maus., Bank R, Niche 2H
Keith O’Connor was 28 years old and working as a sales trader at the firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. on the 89th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He was known as a “Gentle Giant” because of his height and shy demeanor. At the age of eight, he learned to play the bagpipes and was a member of the St. Columeille United Gaelic Pipe Band. O’Connor lived with his wife and 2-year-old daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey, and hoped to get back to New York where he was born and where he could be active in the cultural community.
Brookside Maus., 8, Terrace, Crypt 5LM
Although Emelda Perry was confirmed dead on September 27, 2001, her family did not bring her remains to Woodlawn until November of 2002. Like many of the families who lost loved ones, they waited for the forensic scientists to do their job with the hopes they would be able to pay final tribute to the one they lost. Emelda Perry was 52 years old, a native of Antigua, and lived with her husband in Elmont, New York, a town on Long Island. She commuted every day to the World Trade Center and worked for Washington Group International, an engineering and construction firm that specialized in government contracts and mining projects. Washington International lost 13 members of its staff on September 11th. The corporation continues to pay tribute to their colleagues on their website and if you go online you can see a photo of Emelda Perry and her beautiful smile.
Chapel A, Garden Wall F, Niche 11B
Jose Espinal Ramos
Mr. Ramos did not work at the World Trade Center; he just happened to be there on Sept. 11. He is listed among the dead in every newspaper and website, but there are few details about his life. Through his family we know that he was 31 years of age, he was the father of a little girl, and his family loved him dearly. There were no obituaries printed for Mr. Ramos, and there was no “Portrait of Grief “printed in the New York Times. Although little is known about him, through the dedication of his mother and the commitment of the Woodlawn staff, he will not be forgotten.
Heliotrope Plot RY G61
Luis Eduardo Torres
From Colombia to Mexico to the U.S., 31-year-old Mr. Torres arrived in our country with little money and hardly any English — but he acquired both and made his way to Wall Street. He became a currency broker, working in succession at several downtown firms before accepting a position as a senior broker at Cantor Fitzgerald. Mr. Torres biked, hiked, and skydived — and as his wife, Alissa, stated after his death, “If anyone could have calmly figured out how to get out of the towers from up high, it would have been him.”