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Valley Residents Remember Local Woman Killed In 9/11 Attacks

On Sept. 11th, 2001, Barbara Keating was on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles on her way home to Palm Springs after visiting family.

The plane she was on was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Elizabeth Raynes, a parishoner at St. Theresa Catholic Church says Keating was one of the most dedicated volunteers the church had ever seen. “She was a darling person, precious, enjoying every single instant of life”, Raynes said.

Every year the church holds a memorial prayer service to remember her. Raynes said: “I think you always hurt. In the beginning you’re numb, then you get angry, then you learn to forgive and pray. That’s what she would have wanted us to do.”

At St. Theresa Catholic School, most of the students aren’t old enough to remember September 11th 2001. Isabella Castrodale was 3 when the attacks happend. Castrodale said, “I don’t remember much”, she said. “When I came home from pre-school, my parents discussed it with me, then the next year I understood more.”

KESQ News Team

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