September 11, 2001 victims
(1968 - 2001) U.S.A.
(1998 - 2001) U.S.A.
(1959 - 2001) U.S.A.
A Gay couple and their adopted son, on their way home to Los Angeles from Boston, were killed when United Airlines Flight 175 was hijacked Tuesday and crashed into the second tower of New York's World Trade Center.
Ronald Gamboa and his partner of 14 years, Dan Brandhorst, were traveling with their 3-year-old son, David. Brandhorst and Gamboa were founding members of the Pop Luck Club, an L.A. organization for Gay men interested in adopting children.
Daniel, Ronald and David lived in a home perched on the lip of a canyon in the Hollywood Hills. They were returning from a vacation in Boston and Cape Cod. Daniel was the serious one, the lawyer and accountant, who dreamed of becoming a professor. Ronald was the happy-go-lucky one, the beloved manager of a Gap store in Santa Monica, the family man with a glint of mischievousness in his eye and an ever ready arsenal of jokes. If Ronald's sister or friend said "Isn't that cute" about a puppy or "Isn't that beautiful" about a sunset, Ronald would retort: "What am I?"
Both had moved from small towns - Daniel from Liverpool, N.Y., Ronald from Anchorage, Ky. - to New York City, where they met. They moved to Los Angeles a few years later when Daniel was transferred to another office of his company, Pricewaterhouse- Coopers. They loved to travel around the world, hang out with a close group of friends and visit family.
They lavished attention on the blue-eyed 3-year-old they adopted as a just born infant and named after Daniel's brother David. David was adopted in 1998. He had, said Donato Tramuto, the friend they had visited in Maine over the weekend, "the spirit of Ron and the intellectual curiosity of Daniel." Mr. Tramuto said that he was very skeptical about what their lifestyle meant. But after Dan and Ron living years together and their success as parents, Mr. Tramuto said, "I told him that `you and Ron have convinced me that two men can really raise a child.' " The proud parents, Mr. Tramuto added, had planned to adopt another child.