She Was the One

The most perplexing thing that I’ve never been able to get my head around with regards to 9/11 is the randomness of life that selected based on some mysterious rationale the nearly 3,000 people who would die that day and who would survive. It just seems so…fucking asshole-y. Inexplicable violence in general is difficult to understand, but the scale of what happened that day and its legacy which has resulted in even more deaths just magnified this question for me.

Karen Juday who worked as an assistant at Cantor Fitzgerald and was killed in the North Tower is memorialized in this eye watering video narrated by her fiance as part of StoryCorps’s mission to document and “to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” The last line in the story is so full of hope, but also just incredibly heartbreaking.

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