Remembering and mourning: Local woman’s message after losing her brother on 9/11

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS- A Cleveland Heights woman lost her brother in the World Trade Center attacks 14 years ago.

43-year-old Edward Perrotta was on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald when a plane struck tower one.

His sister Laura sat down with FOX 8 to share with us about her brother and to reflect on that fateful day back in 2001. "My brother got up in the morning to go to work on a day. That was stunning beautiful day. I can remember waking up and thinking this is a perfect day and then he was gone by the end of the day. I didn't have a brother anymore. My brother was gone. There was no body; there was nothing. In November we had a memorial service for him."

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Laura said her older brother will never leave her heart or those of her family. Over the past 14 years, Laura's grief has turned to strength and the memory of Edward helps her strive each day.

Laura has one message she wants to share with others.. "It's also really important to there's already people coming up generations coming up who don't have any recollections at all of September 11, who didn't experience that who weren't a part of that and it's particularly important that those of us who I think were directly affected about it to tell the story and to tell these people's stories."

As America remembers 9-11 with memorials and services, Laura says we have to think of our world differently.

She said, don't just remember twisted steel, but people and the world we live in.

Laura said, "Remember remember on September 11 be with your family, be with the people you love and invest in them and spend your time with them. Be with them that's the most important thing."

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