Six months later, police knocked on the door of the Di Nardo family home in Westchester, New York. They carried Marisa’s charred, black purse. Inside was a receipt from the Sept. 10 dinner. She was one of 2,606 people killed by the terrorists who struck the Twin Towers. The purse was all the tangible evidence Marisa’s family had of her passing.
For close to 15 years, Harley buried his grief and avoided thinking about his sister in the doomed tower. It was too painful, he said….
Marisa’s 2002 memorial service was the last time Harley reflected on his sister’s death, he said, until he, his wife and two young children moved to California last year.
His son and daughter asked about their aunt, and Harley found himself wishing he knew more about her last day.