Deposed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed, according to multiple reports Thursday.
Several people from Morris County were among those killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Scotland. After several years, Libya formally accepted responsibility for the bombing, though Gaddafi himself denied culpability.
Alexander Silas Lowenstein
Alexander Silas Lowenstein was a 21-year-old student whose address was listed as Morristown. According to records from Syracuse University, Lowenstein, born on Feb. 15, 1967, was one of 35 Syracuse University students traveling home to Morristown from London when the plane was downed. He was an English major, but planned to work in a psychiatric clinic when he graduated. He was survived by his parents, Suse and Peter Lowenstein, and his brother Lucas.
A surfer, Lowenstein had qualities "which permitted him to seek not only the perfect wave but also a useful purpose in his life," according to an online tribute at findagrave.com.
His mother, Suse Ellen Lowenstein, has also led efforts to memorialize those lost in Flight 103, and as an artist created a monument in their honor.
"The terrorist attack on Pan Am 103 killed 270 innocent people and was, at the time, the largest and surely the most heinous such attack on American civilians," she wrote on a page about the monument. "Little did we know that this would only be the beginning leading up to the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington killing almost 3,000 civilians."
Alexander Silas Lowenstein had been in seat 20D of Flight 103.
John Patrick Flynn
Montville resident John Patrick Flynn was 21 when he was killed aboard Flight 103. Jack Flynn, Montville resident and father of John Patrick, .
“We’ve been channeling that anger to try to hold people accountable,” John Flynn's brother, Brian Flynn, told the New York Times earlier this year. “We” meant many of the Flight 103 families. “We’ve been against any sort of normalization with Qaddafi because we’ve always believed he was behind it,” he said. “This was state-sponsored terrorism.”
Syracuse's page says John Flynn, born on Nov. 24, 1967 and known as "J.P.," was a Colgate University junior majoring in geography with a minor in economics.
He was undergoing a semester of study in London. Syracuse states he was survived by parents Jack and Kathleen, brother Brian, sisters Christine and Kerry, and both grandmothers.
Flynn had been in seat 45A.
Saul Mark Rosen
The son of Saul Mark Rosen, whose address was listed as Morris Plains,about the bombing.
He told SeattlePi.com in 1999 that while his father's death touched him profoundly, he couldn't hold onto his anger.
"I realized at some point I can't be angry about this. If I'm angry about this, I'm angry about everything," Scott Rosen, then 25 and living in Seattle, said. "The dominant narrative of my life started with the event that put him there."
According to the SeattlePi.com piece, Saul Mark Rosen was the father of two children. He was the president of the American branch of a software company.
Rosen had been in seat 32a.
Eric Michael Coker and Jason Michael Coker
Also killed in the bombing were: twin brothers Eric Michael Coker and Jason Michael Coker, 20-year-olds student whose address was listed as Mendham.
According to a tribute posted on Syr.edu, they were traveling home after completing a semester abroad. They were graduates of West Morris Mendham High School.
It states Eric was a junior, majoring in economics at the University of Rochester, and that he loved photography.
Another means that Eric used to demonstrate his outlook on life was photography.
"The lovely photographs he took while in London attest to the wonderful time he and Jason must have had during their semester abroad. Those images tell the story that, tragically, we'll never hear them tell themselves. The photographs are a source of comfort to me, though, in that whenever I'd like a taste of Eric's perspective, I always know where to find it," Julie Norwell wrote in the tribute.
A tribute on the site to Jason said he hoped to become a journalist or novelist,
"It wasn't necessary to read his stories, though, to be entertained," it states. It describes Jason as having an "outrageous personality."
"Jason often sported red high top sneakers and tied a red bandanna around his head. He made a party wherever he went and he was the life of it," it states.
The Cokers were in seats 43A and 43B.