Anything for His Mother
"There is only one man who gave the order to fly those planes into the twin towers, and I want the United States to get him," Barbara Tirado, 50, said of Osama bin Laden as she wept. "He killed my son. I've never had this much hate in my heart, but it's all I've got right now."
Her son, David, 26, a computer technician who lived in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, was at 1 World Trade Center on Sept. 11 to deliver and install a personal computer on the 106th floor. At first, he and his supervisor from Rent-a-PC in Midtown were turned away by security and told they could not park near the building. But Mr. Tirado volunteered to set up the computer while his supervisor found a parking space.
Mr. Tirado grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He enjoyed watching the Mets play and going to Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. He helped elderly women carry their groceries and he gave neighbors a ride to work in his green Jeep Cherokee.
The older of two boys, he was born on Valentine's Day. His mother doted on him, and he on her. "The only words I can remember him saying were, 'Anything for my Mom,' " Mrs. Tirado said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.