‘That pain does not go away’: Memorial ceremony marks 20 years since Flight 587 crash

Families of those killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor Queens on November 12, 2001 gathered in the rain to remember their loved ones.

Two hundred and sixty-five people were killed in the crash. The plane was headed to the Dominican Republic and crashed into a neighborhood already devastated by the 9/11 terrorist attacks two months before.

Belkis Lora, who lost her brother Jose in the crash, told Maya Rajamani of NY1, “To come to this site and have this memorial for our loved ones, it means a lot for the families. It means their life, we still remember them. Their memory is still alive. Just to see my brother’s name there, it brings me comfort.”

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