Darryl L. McKinney

Darryl L. McKinney
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Wanting to Go Further

When Darryl L. McKinney was growing up in Soundview in the Bronx, his mother used to call him Dennis the Menace. He was the type of child who, as she puts it, "always ventured out." He wanted to go further, discover new things. He seemed to sense that no matter what he thought about doing, he might actually be able to pull it off.

Mr. McKinney's childhood was not easy. His parents split up, and he and his brother and sister spent eight years living with relatives, apart from each other. Mr. McKinney dreamed of becoming a professional basketball player. He took his team at Elmira College to the college finals and got a bachelors degree in political science and a masters degree in education.

Mr. McKinney, 26, worked as director of a youth program in the Bronx, then as a district manager for Coca-Cola, said his mother, Rubina Cox-Holloway. Several years ago, he became a brokerage clerk at Cantor Fitzgerald. He was preparing to take the test on Sept. 22 to become a broker, and was engaged to a fellow Cantor employee, Angela Rosario, who was also lost in the attack. "He would have had his license and would have begun his career," Ms. Cox- Holloway said. "I think he did pretty good, coming out of the South Bronx, an African- American man."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 9, 2001.

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