SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Laura Lee Morabito's funeral was held Friday in central New York, six years after she died in a plane that struck one of the World Trade Center towers in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"It's somewhat surreal being in front of you after six years," said her brother, Craig Defazio, during a service in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Skaneateles. The funeral was scheduled after Morabito's wedding ring was found and her remains, identified through DNA testing Sept. 12, were returned to her family.
Two memorial services had been held in 2001. This time, family members said, they could have the relief of burying her in St. Joseph's Cemetery near Auburn.
Morabito, 34, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston that was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the twin towers in New York City. She was a national sales manager for Qantas Airways.
Laura Lee Morabito and her husband, Mark, were living in Framingham, Mass., at the time. The widower, who now lives near Auburn, said in a eulogy how important it was to be able to hand over the recovered ring to her mother, part of allowing his wife to go in peace.
As an acknowledgment of her death being part of the Sept. 11 attacks, a military honor guard stood outside the church and a folded American flag was also present during the ceremony.
Her remains were found in the initial recovery effort but could not be linked to her by the DNA technology used at the time, according to New York City's medical examiner's office.