When Christian L. De Simone’s father died of a heart attack 18 months ago, he was there for his mother, Christel. He left his position as linebacker for the Rams football team at the University of Rhode Island so he could have more time to commute to and from his home in Ringwood, N.J. After graduation, Mr. DeSimone, 23, moved back home and found a job as a forensic accountant at Marsh & McLennan on the 100th floor at 1 World Trade Center.
'He didn’t have to take on the responsibility of the house, but he wanted to do it,' Mrs. DeSimone said. 'He was always like that. Just the other day, a 20-year-old neighbor came to the door to tell me that my son was his hero because he carried himself so wonderfully and he was so smart.'
Mr. DeSimone was to have turned 24 on Oct. 18.