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Kirsten and Brielle Saracini lost their father, Capt. Victor J. Saracini, in the attacks. He was the pilot of United Flight 175, the plane that was hijacked and flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center. "I always imagined going throughout my whole life having my dad with me by my side, guiding me, and after 9/11 I just had to grow up real fast, and I had to make it on my own," Brielle says.

"We kind of stayed static for a while," Kirsten says. "And now we're finally just making an effort to move on. I mean, it's just pretty much started now that we've realized, 'Wow, this is actually how life's going to be.'"

After Matthew Bocchi's father was killed, he says he felt he had to step in as a father figure to his siblings. "My little brothers didn't really get to know my dad, and I felt that they really needed someone to look up to, and I sort of just took that role right away," he says. "I try my best to really look out for them and be a part of their lives, just always care for them."

Shalisha Scudder, who lost her father, has turned her mind toward forgiveness. "I'm working on it," she says. "I know that it's not going to come easy, because they took my everything, my all. So in time, it's going to happen."
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FROM: Six Years Later—The Children of September 11
Published on January 01, 2006

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