13 Years Later, 9/11 Victim IDed

Patrice Braut was only Belgian citizen to die in World Trade Center attacks
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2014 6:42 AM CDT
13 Years Later, 9/11 Victim IDed
Paola Braut, of Belgium, holds a photograph of her son, Patrice, along the edge of the North Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.   (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)

Of the 2,753 people who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, 1,639 have now been identified. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday announced that retesting of remains had led to another positive ID: that of Patrice Braut. The 31-year-old was the only Belgian citizen to die at the World Trade Center site, reports the New York Times. He was working on the North Tower's 97th floor as an employee in Marsh & McLennan's tech section, reports Newsday. The AP adds that Braut's remains were found in the original recovery effort between 2001 and 2002. His marks the first identification made since 7,930 unidentified human remains were moved in May from the medical examiner's office to a Ground Zero repository.

The Times describes a photo taken at this year's ceremony marking the anniversary of the attacks—of Braut's mother holding a photo of her only child—as one of the "most emblematic, touching, and well-circulated images" from the event. In the Times' profile of Braut, published a few months after his death, the paper shares the story of a Christmas party four years prior, where Braut danced the night away with a girl who told him her name was Lupe—no last name given. "The next day, Lupe Mendez found a note on her desk in midtown, saying, 'You left without saying goodbye,'" recounts the Times. "She felt like Cinderella." (It was recently revealed that on Sept. 10, 2001, Bill Clinton spoke openly about having passed up a chance to kill Osama bin Laden.)

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