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Dear Jude, Here I am in your arms at 4 months old. While growing up I always used to ask about you and where you were. I was told that you were traveling. When your mom and brother John said this I would ask when you would be back. I missed you so much but now I know the truth. I wish that I could have spoken to you if I had the chance. I would of said things like I love and I never want you to leave. If I could hug you I would never let go. You knew me since I was born and you were with me on my first birthday. While I was growing up I knew that you and your brother John didn't have a sister. I would spend so much time at your house that I would call myself the little sister you guys never had. My life would never be the same without you. My older brother Christopher tells me how you guys were so close. He talks about you as if you John and he were brothers. Now I have a younger brother Chad that is 8 years old. He was born 2 years after you left us. He says that I am so lucky to have met you. Chad asks so many questions like I did. He also wishes that he met you and that you knew he existed. When I go to your house I see so many pictures of you. It is as if you never left us. I also see some pictures of me and you together. On the block that you lived on it says Jude Safi Memorial Way. This also helps me never forget the fact that you're still in our hearts. When me and my family sit down to eat we make a toast and say Cheers to Jude  so that we never forget you. Every night when I sit in my bed I think about how my life would be different with you here with me. I love you no matter where you are. Love always and forever your first cousin.

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In Remembrance
Age:
24
Place of Residence:
Brooklyn, NY
Location on 9/11:
One WTC
Occupation:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Trader
Reflections:
The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Jude Safi '94 Scholarship Fund
Biography:

Jude Safi used to say he wished he had been born in the 1950's. He loved Elvis and Frank Sinatra and vintage clothing. He bought a 1957 Chevrolet pickup a few years ago and restored it, painting it silver. A few weeks before the World Trade Center was attacked he attended a concert at Madison Square Garden where Elvis's old band played, in front of film clips of the King shimmying and gyrating.

Mr. Safi was only 24, but he had a 50's sensibility, his brother, John, said. "He knew the words to all the Sinatra and Elvis songs; he watched all their movies. He loved the movies. He knows every movie that's ever been out."

Mr. Safi had been working as a trader for Cantor Fitzgerald for only four months when the towers went down. He got his job through a friend he had known since kindergarten in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, where Mr. Safi still lived with his family. Another childhood friend worked there, too. None of the three have been seen since, John Safi said.

"We didn't just lose my brother, we lost his friends, too," he said.