Families remember local 9/11 victims

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Overlooking the Indian River along the Ft. Pierce waterfront is a statue of a woman.  She's modest in stature but large of heart.  At the base of the statue are freshly placed red roses.

Frances Watson placed them there, and she had a message to deliver the statue. 

"We got him baby, we got him. It brought a joy to my heart to say that."

The statue is of CeeCee Lyles.  She was Watson's niece.  Lyles was a flight attendant on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11th.  Before she took that job, she was a detective in the Ft. Pierce Police Department.

"She was a tough cookie, someone you could count on as a backup," said Sergeant Dennis McWilliams.

Shirley Adderly is another aunt.  She said Lyles was tough when she needed to be, but was also very sweet, raising two boys with a strong sense of family.

"She loved putting us all together and doing things together, not necessarily a party, just being together," said Adderly.

Ceecee Lyles wasn't the only person on board Flight 93 with ties to the Treasure Coast.

Mary White, a volunteer at the Port St. Lucie Police Department, lost her daughter on Flight 93.  Beth Wainio was going on a business trip.  Learning of Osama Bin Laden's death has left White fearful of retaliation and emotionally uncertain.

"I had hoped that I would have some type of closure or epiphany to make things fall into place, but they haven't," said White.

White though, shares the pride that the Lyles family feels with the success of the Navy SEALS mission.  Both families say they will be in attendance in Shanksville this September 11th for the 10th anniversary service.

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