Dorine Toyen fights back tears while speaking at Western New England University, remembering her first ever visit to ground zero….now the “911 Memorial”.
“We found Amy’s name, it was very hard . It was draining physically and emotionally. Being there re-opened everything again,” said Dorien Toyen.
Her daughter Amy Toyen worked and lived in Boston but happened to be in New York on business.
She was in the North Tower at Windows on the World.
“She shouldn’t have been there, we wish she weren’t but she was she was setting up for a conference. Because the plane went in below where she was so she couldn’t escape,” added Toyen.
The 24-year old was recently engaged. The last time her parents saw her, about a week before the attacks……they were wedding dress shopping.
Dorine and Martin say the pain they carry with them everyday is why the couldn’t go to ground zero until now.
“Our feeling is that, that’s the place where our daughter was murdered. We didn’t want to go and see the destruction. We wanted to wait for a memorial for all the victim’s,” explained Martin Toyen.
Being at the 911 Memorial was still painful.
” At 10:36 they put up on the screen the north tower collapses, we just broke down and cried, we couldn’t contain ourselves,” added Martin Toyen.
“We think of her everyday. We can’t call her and tell her we love her or hug her. We miss her,” said Dorine Toyen.
The Toyens say the memorial is beautiful but they don’t think they’ll ever be able to go back.