Paul Hughes would have celebrated his 39th birthday on Friday. The data systems manager, who earned a master's degree from the University of Illinois, is one of 700 Marsh and McLennan employees missing in Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Center. The Stamford, Conn., man worked on the 97th floor of the first tower to be hit by a hijacked airliner.
After talking to the spouses of her husband's coworkers, his wife, Donna, said Thursday that she has lost hope. "None of us has heard anything, the whole floor is missing," said Donna, a teacher, with her 10-year-old daughter Amanda at her side. "That's when we started to see the other side of the coin, and the glimmer of hope started fading."