STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- It's been 11 years since terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon killing thousands of innocent civilians and first responders.
The pain is still raw for a Stamford family. A note left by the husband and father they lost on 9/11 changes their account of what happened that day.
It is one of the indelible images of September 11th: the papers scattered all over lower Manhattan when the twin towers came down, but among the millions of pieces of paper there was a note.
"Right away, I recognized my dad's handwriting," said Rebecca Scott, daughter of 9/11 victim.
The note says 84th floor, west office, 12 people trapped.
The 84th floor is where United Airlines Flight 175 crashed.
"I thought Dad was killed instantly and I just never really questioned it," Scott said.
48-year-old Randy Scott had been working at Euro Brokers in the World Trade Center on September 11th. His family assumed, everyone in his office was killed instantly, but alongside the writing there was something else on the note: a small spot of blood.
"It changed everything that I thought, it changed, I thought dad didn't suffer," she said.
Her father had gone to work early that day. He often dealt with international markets so he worked overnight hours, but that meant, he could come home early to see his three girls.
"He was one of a kind, he was an 18-year-old in a 48-year-old's body," Scott said.
She says he had a playful spirit, but was a strong man. He was always one to take care of others, and she's not surprised that he would take the lead and throw a note out the 84th window.
In the chaos of that day, someone found it and handed it to a guard at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. They held onto it, eventually giving it to the National September 11th Memorial & Museum, who worked with the medical examiner's office and with DNA technology improving every year they were finally able to make a positive ID.
Scott found out last January. This is the first anniversary they've had the new knowledge and sometimes ignorance really is bliss. She says she can't say that it's been a good thing to know the truth and the note has left them all with more questions than answers.
"We'll never know the full story, we'll never know who was there with him or know exactly what they were going through or any of that," she said, "but we know that he wasn't alone."
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