After The Crash: One Family, Two Tragedies

Naoemi Gullickson was late getting home last Thursday, and her daughter Amanda, 3, gazed anxiously out the front window of their Staten Island apartment. A newly nervous child, she turned to the cousin taking care of her and asked, "Is Mommy in heaven now too?" The question was brutally reasonable. Amanda's father, New York City fire department Lieutenant Joseph Gullickson, was killed on Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. Then last week her grandfather Jose A. Perez died aboard American Airlines Flight 587. The little girl can't help fretting: Who in her family will be next not to come home?


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