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February 21, 2020

This picture doesn't do Ray justice. Words can hardly capture the type of person he was. He was a handsome young man. He had kind eyes and his smile would light up the room. He made a friend of everyone he met and had the ability to make everyone feel special to him. He was smart trustworthy kind confident and had a good sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. He was the son every parent wished for and parents that met wanted him as a friend for their children. He was on everyone s mind at our high school reunion a couple months back and he was sorely missed by all his classmates. I often hear him repeating his mantra in my mind and he still inspires me to this day. You were right Ray 90% of life is just showing up. Ray never once failed to show up. He is always in my thoughts and his family will always be in my prayers.

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Anonymous (not verified)

February 21, 2020

May Ray's soul rest easier tonight in Heaven now that the man responsible can never hurt anyone again.

Published by Kathleen from Turner's

Anonymous (not verified)

February 21, 2020

It's been 13 years already. I live in the Midwest. The horrific impact here was nothing like it was on the East Coast. I didn't know a single victim personally. I don t want to be a person who thinks of 9/11 victims as a number count. Each person was beautiful and matters. Today, I decided to do something a bit different. I determined that I would find a victim with my same last name (or something close) and look into that person's life, remember him or her, and pray for his or her family. I'm remembering Ray Rocha, and my family is praying for those who loved him and miss him. He seemed like a fine young man from what I have read. You will not be forgotten.

Posted by Jennifer Rocha

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In Remembrance
Location on 9/11:
Cantor Fitzgerald | Bond Trader

Raymond Rocha was eight years old when his mother went blind. Though he was only in third grade, he quickly learned to do such grown-up chores as checking her bank statements and helping her prepare dinner. Later, he would give his mother such detailed descriptions of the movies he'd seen that she felt as if she'd seen them herself. "He was my eyes," says Ann Rocha.

Now she's lost her sight for a second time. Raymond Rocha, a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of One World Trade Center, is one of 700 Cantor Fitzgerald employees presumed dead from the impact of hijacked American Airlines flight 11 on the trade center's north tower. He had been working there for only a month.

When Ann Rocha remembers Ray, who was the youngest of her five children, she remembers his kindness. He still called her every day. When he was home, he'd often carry bags for her elderly neighbors. And he had an unforgettable smile, which he flashed at perfect strangers. He was always ready with a "How are you today?" for a supermarket cashier.

Rocha's father, Manuel, is a carpenter who worked long hours to put his children through school, and Ray didn't disappoint him. In high school Ray was an honors student and played football. He tutored classmates for the SAT when he brought them home for dinner, and he chose Brown in part because his mother felt nervous traveling on country roads to Dartmouth. "My Raymond," she recalls, "he never argued with me, and he never answered me back. I was always very happy in his company."

At Brown, Rocha concentrated in business economics, played football, and pledged Delta Tau. One measure of his friendliness was that he'd gone to twenty-eight weddings in the past three years. "He put a lot into twenty-nine years," his mother says. "You know how some people have tempers and show disagreement about everything? He never moaned and groaned. Every day was a new day, and he accepted new challenges."

Rocha had moved over the summer from the Boston suburbs to New Jersey, where he lived with his girlfriend. He loved his new job at Cantor Fitzgerald. "I think it was the high intensity," Ann Rocha says. "He thrived on it." He also loved sports, she says, taking every opportunity to run, toss a football, or play hockey. "He was gifted with speed, agility, concentration. And discipline."

Posted by Brown Alumni Magazine