9/11 victims’ families voice displeasure over plans to place unidentified remains 70ft below ground
(NY DAILY NEWS) A group of 9/11 victims’ families spoke out Sunday against placing their loved ones’ still-unidentified remains 70ft below ground in a museum.
Protesters said they want officials to contact the families of all 2,749 victims of the terror attack for their opinions before building a below-ground repository inside the museum.
“We are against the remains at the museum” especially below ground level, said Norman Siegel, the group’s lawyer.
Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son Christian died on 9/11, said family members should make the final decision about the remains.
“The city is making human remains an attraction of the museum,” Regenhard said. “We demand a separate [location] above ground, fully accessible to the public area – not in the basement of a museum.”
Rosemary Cain, whose firefighter son George also died at Ground Zero, said the families have the “right to consultation.”
“[Mayor] Bloomberg does not own the remains,” Cain said.
Museum spokesman Michael Frazier said victims’ families were told about the location of the repository years ago.
“In 2006 the museum had a huge gathering where they talked about with the families and said exactly what was going to happen with the remains,” Frazier said.
Frazier said the repository will be under the control of the city medical examiner’s office and will not be open to the public.
Nearly 10 years after the attack, remains of only 59% of the people who died at Ground Zero on 9/11 have been identified.