Minding the Details
By the end of the year, Luis Jimenez Jr. was planning to be a married man on his way to graduate school. Everything seemed to be adding up for Mr. Jimenez, a 25- year-old Marsh & McLennan accountant who lived in Corona, Queens. As a boy, he was so bent on a future in finance that he would go to the grocery store with his parents and figure up the bill on his little wrist calculator before the shopping was done.
The details were everything. He couldn't propose on just any day, so he set his girlfriend's birthday in November as the moment to pop the question. Two weeks before the attack on the World Trade Center, he asked her parents' permission and started laying plans to buy the perfect ring.
"When he was a boy, 10, he told me, 'Daddy, I want to be an independent man, to take care of myself,' " said Mr. Jimenez's father, Luis Sr. "He reached his dream. He made his family so happy. In every room, there is a picture of him. He was a son to be proud of."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 4, 2001.