Family Tribute:Thank you for sharing with me the best seven years of my life. Our unconditional love for each other was enough to make life worth living. Your life with us was cut short tragically, but the unforgettable memories will live in our lives forever.
Thank you for the joy and happiness you brought into our lives. You will always be alive and never forgotten in our hearts.
Indescribable Precious Rose, you were truly loved.
Sadly missed byHusband & DaughterMom & Family
Venesha Richards: A Dream of Paris
When Venesha Rodgers caught a short ride home from work at Bradlees in North Brunswick, N.J., her lift, Hopeton Richards, instantly realized she was just the person he had been looking for: fun, smart, an active Christian and, like Mr. Richards, an émigré from Jamaica. Not only that, she lived around the corner. In July 1998, four years after that five-minute car ride, they were married.
Mrs. Richards was a one-woman power plant. As a young mother, a student in technology systems at Pace University, holding a full-time job, she still helped run trips for her church youth group.
Before baby Kayla was born last year, she and Mr. Richards traveled to Mexico; Key West, Fla.; the Bahamas; and the Poconos. 'Ven always wanted to go to Paris,' Mr. Richards said.
Mrs. Richards, 26, 'was more of a mama to me than I was to her,' said Lelith Grant, her mother, who worked night shifts as a nurse so she and Mrs. Richards could swap child-minding chores. On school holidays, Mrs. Richards took her little brother and sister to work at Marsh & McLennan on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center.
Heading home, she always made a beeline. 'She couldn’t wait to see Kayla take her first step,' said Mr. Richards. 'She took it three days after the incident.'