Roland Pacheco

Roland Pacheco
World Trade Center

A Wedding That Wasn't

Roland Pacheco's pickup line when he met Annie Guerrero eight years ago was, "What's the matter with you?"

He asked it softly, but it was still a bold question to ask a stranger. They were both teenagers hanging out with their respective groups of friends when he spied her hanging back on a bustling corner a couple of blocks away from Washington Square Park.

"Nothing," Ms. Guerrero recalled saying. "I'm just tired. And we just started talking."

The meeting sparked a fine romance. Now, eight years later, they were engaged to be married and have a 2 1/2-year-old son, Ryan.

Mr. Pacheco, 26, was a pretty good catch, Ms. Guerrero said. He was an employee of Alliance Consulting on the 102nd floor of 1 World Trade Center. Ms. Guerrero is disconsolate that there will never be a wedding. They had other plans: they were going to open a lounge together on the West Side.

"He was so outgoing and happy," Ms. Guerrero said. "I wish he had gone in later."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 17, 2001.

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