Suzanne McCabe's life -- like the life of dozens of families in her New Jersey county -- changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001, when her brother was killed in the World Trade Center. Photo: Davar Ardalan, NPR
Sept. 7, 2002 -- After the World Trade Center attacks shook New York and the world, Suzanne McCabe had the task of writing about the tragedy for Junior Scholastic magazine, of which she is the editor.
It was especially difficult for Suzanne, given that her brother Michael McCabe, and his friend, Michael Tucker, were killed in the attacks, and given that more than 140 people in her home county of Monmouth, N.J., had also been killed.
Over the past year, Suzanne has devoted part of the magazine to interviews with the children in her community who had lost loved ones. Theirs are tales of sorrow and hope. Talking to the kids has helped McCabe herself to cope with her loss.
Recently, McCabe and NPR's Davar Ardalan retraced part of the journey McCabe took that first week and over the course of the year -- a trip that begins on the commuter ferry from New Jersey to Manhattan that Suzanne was taking at 8:48 a.m. on Sept. 11.
From the ferry, she witnessed the attacks, knowing -- even while she hoped she was wrong -- that her brother had probably been killed.