Redbridge 9/11 mum speaks of her grief 10 years on

The mother of a young man killed in the World Trade Center tragedy has said she can’t move on from his death ten years after the terrorist attack.

Vincent Wells was working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the north tower when the first hijacked plane was flown into the building on September 11, 2001.

The 22-year-old answered a call from his brother, Billy, minutes after the plane hit, telling him he was trying to escape the building.

But he was never heard from again.

Ahead of the tenth anniversary on Sunday, mother Julia told the Recorder: “There is always something on the television about 9/11, it’s constant.


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“You never move on because you can’t but you just have to learn to live with it.”

She added: “Vincent was 22 and he had his whole life in front of him.

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“He had only been out in New York for nine months and not only him but all the other people were wiped off the face of the Earth.”

Mrs Wells said she has been to New York five times since, most recently last year when the Queen opened a memorial in the British Garden in Hanover Square.

Vincent’s remains were identified 14 months after the attack and a service was held at his former school, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill.

Mrs Wells is a member of a 9/11 committee which meets in London and is made up of people who lost family members and friends in the attacks.

It meets a few times a year and Mrs Wells said she has made some “remarkable” friends through the group, adding: “We come and support one another and be together because we are all in the same position.”

There will be masses held for Vincent at St Augustine’s Primary and his former secondary, Trinity Catholic High School, Mornington Road, Woodford Green.

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