9/11 victim Dorothy Morgan identified days before 20th anniversary of attack

A few days before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that changed the U.S. forever, two additional victims were identified. Dorothy Morgan and a man whose family has declined to have his name release his name were identified using high-tech DNA testing according to the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s office. Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement, The New York Post, “Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation.”

“No matter how much time passes since September 11, 2001, we will never forget,” she added, “and we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families.”

The two people were the first to be identified since October 2019. Morgan and the unidentified man are the 1,646th and 1,647th person to be identified using DNA analysis. An additional 1,106 victims — nearly 40% — have not been conclusively identified. However, testing continues to hopefully bring closure to their families.

Mark Desire, assistant director of the Department of Forensic Biology and manager of the World Trade Center DNA identification team, told The Post that “the commitment today is as strong as it was in 2001.”

Morgan worked on the 94th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, and her daughter, Nykiah, remembers her as an “amazing, giving, caring [and] loving woman.” Nykiah told ABC7 NY that hearing her mother’s remains had been identified based on DNA in her old toothbrush was “shocking, I didn’t expect it after all this time.”

Nykiah named her second son, 18-year-old Dorian, after her late mother, who passed away before his birth.

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