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Today is the 22nd memorial of 9/11, the fateful day that forever transformed our nation.
While most will go about their day with little thought of what happened 22 years ago, some will have to relive the horrors of the Twin Towers collapsing.
On Friday, New York City officials identified two more victims of the September 11 attacks on the world trade center, making them the 1,648th and 1,649th victims to be identified through advanced DNA testing of their remains.
One woman and one man were identified. The New York Mayor’s Office is withholding the names of the new victims at the request of their families. These mark the first identifications since 2021.
Despite major advancements in DNA technology, roughly 40% of 9/11 victims, or 1,100 people, remain unidentified. A total of 2,753 people were reported missing in lower Manhattan after the attacks on the world trade center.
Death certificates were issued for every individual, although law enforcement continues to work to identify each missing person.
In the news release, chief medical examiner Jason Graham called the ongoing effort “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in the history of our country.”
“These two new identifications continue to fulfill a solemn pledge that OCME made to return the remains of World Trade Center victims to their loved ones,” he went on.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams noted in the announcement the victims’ families who continue to grieve.
“As we prepare to mark the anniversary of September 11, our thoughts turn to those we lost on that terrible morning and their families who continue to live every day with the pain of missing loved ones,” he said.
“We hope these new identifications can bring some measure of comfort to the families of these victims, and the ongoing efforts by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attest to the city’s unwavering commitment to reunite all the World Trade Center victims with their loved ones.”