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Tuesday, November 13, 2001; 11:06 AM
NEW YORK Two of the people killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 had escaped brushes with death in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Felix Sanchez, 29, had left his job as a Merrill Lynch broker at the trade center on Sept. 10. On Monday, he was flying to the Dominican Republic to meet with clients for his new career as a financial adviser to Dominican baseball players.
“After the World Trade Center, he had a renewed outlook on life,” said a friend, Sid Wilson. “And the last time I saw him, he was so high on life. I can’t believe this.”
The day after Sanchez cleaned out his desk at the trade center, Hilda Yolanda Mayor escaped from the ground floor restaurant where she worked in the complex.
She had stayed in touch with relatives in her birthplace near San Pedro de Macoris. “She was my treasure,” her mother, Virginia Hernandez, said from the family’s home.
Mayor, 26, was headed home to vacation with her mother and her two children, who had arrived from New York two weeks earlier.
“We were going to make a meal. We were going to have all the family together,” Hernandez said.
Sanchez, who was active in Dominican civic groups in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, had hoped to help his countrymen invest their money wisely.
“He was really getting tight with all these big-name ballplayers,” said an uncle, Leon Sanchez. “To him, this trip was going to be a victory.”
“This guy was an example of the things that have gone right in our community,” Wilson said. “He never left where he came from.”
The dead and missing after the Sept. 11 attacks included 41 Dominicans.© 2001 The Associated Press
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