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Victims: Scout, nurse, family

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© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 14, 2001


Some of those killed in terrorist acts Tuesday:

MARK BAVIS, 31, of West Newton, Mass., a scout for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, was aboard United Flight 175. Bavis attended Boston University, where his twin brother, Michael, is an assistant hockey coach. Bavis is survived by his mother and two brothers.

TOURI BOLOURCHI, 69, of Beverly Hills, Calif., a retired nurse born in Tehran, was on United Flight 175. She moved to the United States with her daughters in 1979 after the Islamic revolution. Her husband, Akbar Bolourchi, joined them two years later by moving his medical practice to Beverly Hills. Mrs. Bolourchi, who was fluent in six languages, had spent two weeks with her daughter and two grandsons in Boston. Her husband said his wife had not been to Boston for two years because she was afraid of planes.

RONALD GAMBOA, 33, his partner DANIEL BRANDHORST, 42, and their son, DAVID BRANDHORST, 3, all of Los Angeles, were aboard United Flight 175. "They did a lot of traveling. They were both family-oriented," said Gamboa's sister, Jeannie Merwin. Gamboa managed Gap stores in Los Angeles and Brandhorst was a lawyer.

RICHARD GUADAGNO, 38, of Eureka, Calif., a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, was on United Flight 93. He worked for the government for 17 years at wildlife reserves in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Oregon. Anne Badgley, director of the agency's Pacific Region, described Guadagno as "one of our finest managers." He is survived by his parents and a sister.

DANIEL LEE, 34, of Los Angeles, a carpenter with the crew of the Backstreet Boys, was aboard American Flight 11. He was using a break in the band's tour to travel to Los Angeles to spend time with his pregnant wife.

THOMAS PECORELLI, 31, of Los Angeles, a cameraman with Fox Sports and E! Entertainment Television, was headed home to his pregnant wife on American Flight 11. "Tom made everyone laugh," a family statement said.

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