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Karen Hagerty
Age: 34
Occupation: Senior vice president
Worked for: AON
Originally from: Locust Valley
Resided in: Manhattan
School: Garrison Forest School, MD
College: Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va
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I knew Karen but briefly, while she worked at my law firm in New Orleans, for two of my best friends and partners in the firm, Larry Pugh and Frank Accardo, but I will always remember her laughter and friendship and spirit. May God bless her now and always. She will not be forgotten, nor will those whose cowardly act cut short her life.
-- Richard E. McCormack (Friend)
04 Oct 2001

From NY Times Sep 19

'She Was Really Tough'

Karen Elizabeth Hagerty threw a birthday party recently for her horse, Ricardo. A caterer brought a carrot cake in the shape of a horseshoe. There were 40 nonequine guests, and goody bags for every horse in the barn. "My sister loved her animals more than life," Deborah Anne Hagerty said yesterday. "She called them her kids."

Karen, 34, was a senior vice president for Aon Risk Services in the World Trade Center. She was loud and funny and inclined to take charge. When two of Deborah's friends called Karen to begin planning a bridal shower they were giving for Deborah, they found that Karen had already done it all.

Years ago, Deborah told Karen about a homeless shelter in the Bronx; Deborah was looking for people to buy presents for children who had written to Santa. "Give me the whole shelter," Karen said. Her office would overflow with donated toys.

"She just hounded everyone in her office," Deborah said. "She had to hire a moving truck last year because she had so much stuff. She told everybody, `I want you to buy something and it has to be good.' She was really tough: `Don't give me a scarf. Kids don't like scarves.' "
-- Anon (Friend)
23 Oct 2001

I "googled" myself today and found Karen's story in several of the items returned from my search. I, too, am a Karen Hagerty. So very unusual to have someone with the same name, spelled the same way. Most Hagertys are spelled with double "g's". I was really sad to learn what kind of person Karen was. The world is definitely a darker place without her. I was also glad to see her picture on this website. I'm hoping that her family is doing well through this tragedy almost 2 1/2 years later. God bless.
-- Karen Ann Hagerty (Friend {})
14 Mar 2004

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