New York Times Portraits of Grief
Amy King and Michael Tarrou, United Airlines flight attendants, were on Flight 175 when it crashed into the south tower. Working on the same flight was not uncommon: Ms. King and Mr. Tarrou had been dating for more than two years. They had recently
started living together in Stafford Springs, Conn.
"They tried to get the same schedule so they could be together more," Deborah Lloyd, Ms. King's sister, said from her home in Naperville, Ill. "They were supposed to have a long layover in Chicago beginning Sept. 12. We were going to have dinner."
The youngest of three sisters, Ms. King, 29, grew up in a small town near Jamestown, N.Y. In high school, she ran track and cross-country. She liked to paint and was interested in clothing design. She started working for United in Chicago in 1993.
Mr. Tarrou, 38, grew up in Wantagh, on Long Island. He loved flying, but making music was a stronger love. "Originally we started playing in bands in Queens and on Long Island" in high school, said Tom Divine, a friend. "He was great at guitar, bass and keyboards and was pretty much the best vocalist I have ever worked with."
During layovers in the Bay Area, Mr. Divine said, he and Mr. Tarrou would spend time in the recording studio.
So far as anyone knows, Mr. Tarrou never asked Ms. King to marry him. But no one doubts that would have happened.
"They were engaged, in their own way," said Dr. James Tarrou, Michael's father. "We were encouraging him, because she was a remarkable person."
The sketches on this page were written by Karen W. Arenson, Glenn Collins, Kenneth N. Gilpin, Steven Greenhouse, Lynette Holloway, Tina Kelley, Tamar Lewin, Terry Pristin and Seth Solomonow.