Families of 9/11 Victims Celebrate Lives While Commemorating Loss – WNYC

A plaque in honor of Sergio Gabriel Villanueva, part of a memorial that Tanya Villanueva Tepper puts up each year. She had plans to marry the former firefighter before he was killed on 9/11. Cindy Rodgriguez

A plaque in honor of Sergio Gabriel Villanueva, part of a memorial that Tanya Villanueva Tepper puts up each year. She had plans to marry the former firefighter before he was killed on 9/11.
Cindy Rodgriguez

WNYC News By Kateri Jochum: WNYC/WQXR Newsroom Beth Fertig/Cindy Rodriguez

September 11, 2010

On this ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, many family members of the victims are attending the annual reading of the names at the World Trade Center site today. For some, this mass gathering provides a source of comfort and support. But there are those who find other ways of commemorating their loved ones.

In Jackson Heights, Tanya Villanueva Tepper hung a poster of a handsome young man with the words “Embracer of life, Native Argentinian, fantastic cook, and life of the party” outside her gift store on 37th Avenue and 80th Street. He was Sergio Gabriel Villenueva, a firefighter who lost his life on September 11th – and her fiancé.

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