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a1606: 2 Bios: 9-11 Victims (fwd)
From: JD Lemieux <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Listers: The New York Times has been running short bios of
the victims of 9-11. Below are two which ran very
April 7, 2002
Nolbert Salomon: Crazy About Sports
When he was a little boy, Nolbert Salomon let his sister,
Dania, play with his toys so he could play with her dolls.
"He would cut her hair, make clothes for my doll, doll
clothes." With a boy demonstrating interest in girls' toys
at a young age, one might surmise that he would grow up to
lack interest in traditionally male-oriented pastimes like
But that would be incorrect for Mr. Salomon, 33, an
immigrant from Haiti who was a security guard at Morgan
Stanley on the 44th floor of 2 World Trade Center. "When
he's in the house, you cannot watch TV; forget about it,"
his sister said. "It had to be on basketball, football or
Mr. Salomon lived with his family in Canarsie until he
moved in with his girlfriend, Karen Choute, a preschool
In April 2001, Mr. Salomon rounded up about 30 relatives
and friends and crammed them into his apartment in Canarsie
while Dania Salomon took Ms. Choute out for the day. When
they returned, everybody yelled "Surprise!" and a little
later, Mr. Salomon proposed marriage.
Was it a perfect relationship? Nearly, said Ms. Choute, 31.
"We had our ups and downs over the TV," she said. "He
always wanted to watch his sports. Yankees, Yankees,
Wilbert Miraille: Devoted to Job and Faith
Wilbert Miraille, 29, lived in a room in a Harlem apartment
rented by Manol and Renee Delbrun. In such close quarters,
they could have developed a testy relationship. Instead, it
was quite warm. "I liked him; my wife liked him," Mr.
Delbrun said. "We suffered when he died." The night before
the attack on the World Trade Center, Mr. Delbrun found Mr.
Miraille staying up later than usual. "I tell him at 9:15,
`Hey, my friend, go to sleep. You've got to go to work
early,' " Mr. Delbrun recalled. "He said, `O.K., Buster,
I'm going to sleep right now.' "
But he went to work early every morning, said his ex-wife,
Antoinette Mitchell, 26. He would leave at 4:30 a.m., she
said, for his job in Cantor Fitzgerald's mailroom on the
101st floor of 1 World Trade Center and arrive home at 4:15
p.m. "He was dedicated to his job," Ms. Mitchell said. "He
never let his job down."
An immigrant from Haiti, Mr. Miraille was an usher at the 1
p.m. Haitian Mass at the Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic
Church on the Upper West Side. On a recent Sunday, Wilbert
Audry sat at a table in the church's vestibule before the
service and recalled a deeply religious and outgoing man.
"He used to stand right here behind me," he said. "Then I
came here one day and they don't see him."
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