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Doug Fitzgerald, 39, was chief financial officer of Cantor Fitzgerald.
"He spent so much of his time helping those less fortunate," said his friend Rebecca Shalam. A kid-loving six-four basketball player, Fitzgerald organized inner-city athletic programs with Student Athletics Inc., where he was the vice president, and did extensive fundraising for the McBirney Y, the Educational Alliance, and the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their five-year-old son, Michael, and two-year-old daughter, Julia; his mother, Charlotte; and his father, Joe, whom he called at around 9:10 a.m. to say he was evacuating.
MISSING:Daniel W. Song
A broker at the derivatives desk of Cantor Fitzgerald, Daniel W. Song of Tribeca was working on the 105th floor of tower one when the first plane crashed into the building. "He called me right after the plane hit and said he was going to come down," said his older brother, Frank.
"And then I didn't hear from him again." The 34-year-old Korean American grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, and graduated with a psychology degree from Marquette University. "Dan was extremely dedicated to his family," added Frank, noting how Song, a devout Christian, worked for years to be able to relocate his parents and 90-year-old grandmother from Wisconsin to their new home in West Orange, New Jersey. "His goal was for us all to be together." He is survived by his brother, sister Julie, mother Yongjin, father Hyungshin, and grandmother, Chikang.
An information technology consultant for Scient Corp., 25-year-old Neil Shastri had been working for the last two weeks at the eSpeed.com division of Cantor Fitzgerald, when the first plane hit. "He called me at about 9 a.m., but it was very panicked so we didn't speak for long," said his wife of three months, Kruti. "He said it was very hard to breathe and that he was going to call his mother." The newlyweds had recently moved from their parents' homes in Hohokus, New Jersey, to an apartment on East 39th Street, where they hoped to start a family. Last week, friends and family members gathered there to light candles and offer each other support. "Neil was a very funny, loving guy," said his brother, Umang. "If you could see all the people here, you would see that. He treated everyone like they were his brother."
MISSING: Captain Patrick Brown
Karate grandmaster Kaicho Nakamura opened his mail on Thursday to find a donation and a note of support, dated September 10, for an upcoming benefit tournament from one of his senior students, Patrick Brown. The generosity didn't surprise Nakamura: Brown always looks for ways to contribute and help others. A second-degree black belt, Brown, 48, is more widely known as the most highly decorated captain in the New York Fire Department. He dashed into the debris-laden cloud at the twin towers on Tuesday, along with his brothers from Ladder Company 3, just before the first tower crumbled. "He is a true hero," Nakamura said.
It's a title Brown earned over and over, but he would brush it off whenever any of his fellow students at Seido Karate expressed admiration for the many daring rescues he performed. A quiet man with smiling gray eyes, Brown "never once praised himself or gave himself credit," said his good friend and training buddy Ralph Palmieri. He'd even be a little timid in sparring, Palmieri adds, concerned that he might hurt someone. The two served together as volunteers at Seido's karate program for blind students, and Brown would tell Palmieri, "Those students are the real heroes."
For the last eight years, Palmieri and Brown had sushi lunches together three times a week after karate class. When not joined by others, Brown would bring up another area where he and Palmieri shared deep feelings: their service in Vietnam. Brown had been in the Marines, Palmieri in the Army. "He'd talk about how bad he felt about all the bad things that happened over there, and how he hoped he could do enough good to make up for it," said Palmieri. "I am sure his score is settled."
MISSING: Taimour Khan
Both fun-loving and driven, Taimour Khan, 29, ran a trading desk at Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of tower one. "He was definitely at the top of his game," said close friend Joe Richards. Born in Pakistan, Khan grew up in Woodbury, Long Island, and was captain of the Syosset High football team. He majored in business at SUNY Albany. Friends said he loves travel and soccer games in Central Park. "He wakes up at the crack of dawn on weekends so he can enjoy every minute," said his older sister, Zara, who like the rest of the family, refuses to give up hope that Khan will be found. "I don't know anybody else who loves life as much as Tai does. He's got a very contagious personality. I've been flooded with phone calls, even from people who only met him for a day."
MISSING: Paul Cascio Jr.
Paul Cascio Jr. began working as a trader for Euro Brokers on the 84th floor of tower two only five months ago. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he took a job for Cantor Fitzgerald, also housed in the World Trade Center, making the journey each day on the PATH train. Cascio, 23, a native of Manhassett, was thrilled to have been offered a spot on Euro Brokers' scheduled trip to London, an attempt to expand their business overseas. His flight would have left last Friday.