THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Building a life around a hole in the heart

Nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the children of the terrorists’ victims are still coming to terms with their utterly unfathomable loss

Teresa Mathai, with her son, Robert, of Arlington. Joseph Mathai, Robert’s father, was killed Sept. 11, 2001. Teresa Mathai, with her son, Robert, of Arlington. Joseph Mathai, Robert’s father, was killed Sept. 11, 2001. (John Blanding/ Globe Staff)
By Sarah Schweitzer
Globe Staff / September 11, 2010

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He was only 8 years old, but he knew better. He’d been told early on that the Sept. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers had claimed his father’s life. But months later, Robert Mathai still wondered: Could his father just be on a prolonged business trip? (Full article: 1253 words)

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