Friday, February 13, 2009

9/11 Widow Killed in Buffalo Plane Crash

This is just awful.

I have just read on ABC News website that Beverly Eckert, a 9/11 widow, was one of the 50 people killed last night in the Continental Connection Flight 3407 crash outside of Buffalo. (

Eckert's husband, Sean Rooney, was killed when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. She was flying to Buffalo in honor of what would have been her husband's 58th birthday. A scholarship had been set up in his name at the high school they both attended. She was going to be on hand to present a scholarship to a student.

Eckert was involved with Voices of September 11th and was amongst the 9/11 relatives who met with President Obama last week at the White House to discuss why he had dropped charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the man who bombed the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000.

When I read this item I remembered back to last Sunday when I watched 60 Minutes story on the Miracle on the Hudson. One of the survivors mentioned that his brother had been killed on September 11, 2001 and how his family could not bear another tragedy. I can scarcely what imagine what her family must being going through at this moment. It is said that everything does happen for a reason. No one ever said the reason had to be good.

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