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Mitchell High remembers graduate killed in 9/11 attacks

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mitchell High School students remembered the life of Kathryn Yancey Laborie Monday, a 1975 graduate killed in the 9/11 attacks. 

"She's here every year in our hearts, she's here every day in our minds," said Cage Edward Jones, a junior member of ROTC. "She will always be a part of this school."

Laborie was the head flight attendant on the United Airlines flight that crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. That plane was the second to crash into the towers.

"To us it was really the pain of loss," said Ian Michael Robertson, another junior member of ROTC.

Laborie's parents said they remember the exact moment they got word about Kathryn.

"My wife came downstairs and said 'that was Kathy's plane'," said Gene Yancey. "It was so devastating, I couldn't believe it."

Laborie was working in first class for that particular flight. 

"She tried to stop two terrorists that had been seated in first class," he said. "One was going to fly that aircraft and slam right into the tower. She did everything she could."

"She's a hero in our eyes," said Florele Yancey.

A hero that's symbolic of all the men and women that gave so much.

"We lost people and that loss was felt everywhere," Robertson said.

More than 3,000 people lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, 400 of which were police officers and firefighters.

 

 


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