Press Release Article


Date: Feb 25, 2019
Press Release Number: 27-2019

The Port Authority will commemorate the 26th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing on Tuesday, February 26, with a solemn tribute to the six victims and an unborn child who lost their lives during the attack.

As has it been tradition every year since the attack, there will be a solemn tribute of a Catholic Mass at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan at 10:30 a.m. in memory of those who died. Following the Mass, a brief ceremony and moment of silence will be held at 12:18 p.m. near the North Pool on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, followed by a reading of the names of the victims.

Four Port Authority employees and an unborn child died in the attack including 61-year-old senior structural maintenance supervisor Robert Kirkpatrick; 48-year-old chief maintenance supervisor Stephen Knapp; 47-year-old assistant chief mechanical supervisor Bill Macko; and 35-year-old Monica Smith, a pregnant secretary who was scheduled to begin maternity leave the next day. Also killed in the attack were 45-year-old John DiGiovanni, a dental products salesperson who had parked in the underground parking garage, and 37-year-old Wilfredo Mercado, a receiving agent for the Windows on the World Restaurant.

In addition to those who died, more than 1,000 suffered injuries when a truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center, requiring a mass evacuation of both skyscrapers. Four men were convicted in March 1994 of carrying out the bombing, and two others, including the mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Yousef, were convicted in November 1997.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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