The victims of the terrorist attack were identified shortly before the 20th anniversary of the attack on America.
A few days before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, two more people who were victims of the terrorist attacks were officially identified in New York. As the city authorities reported on Tuesday, identifying the victims became possible thanks to a new DNA sequencing technology.
The head of the New York Institute of Forensic Science said that the laboratory she heads had identified the identities of people who died during the attack on the World Trade Center. Thus, a total of 1,747 of the 2,753 people who died in the collapse of the twin towers in downtown New York on September 11, 2001, were identified.
Geneticists will have to identify the remains of another 1,106 people or about 40% of all people who died in New York.
“Twenty years ago, we promised the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center that we would do everything possible – no matter how long it took – to identify their loved ones. Having identified two more people, we continued to fulfill our obligations,” said Barbara Sampson, head of the New York Institute of Forensic Science.
Among the identified victims are Dorothy Morgan, who lived on Long Island and a man whose name will remain secret at the request of his family.
According to Sampson, the process and methodology used over the past two decades to identify the victims of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center represent “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in American history.”
According to the Institute of Forensic Medicine of New York, this was made possible thanks to a new DNA sequencing technology.
On September 11, President Joe Biden plans to visit New York, the Pentagon, and the city of Shanksville in Pennsylvania, where memorials have been erected in memory of almost three thousand people who died exactly 20 years ago as a result of coordinated attacks by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.