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Twenty years earlier, von Coleman killed his father, Keith E., in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack. Coleman and his uncle, Scott Coleman.

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At a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Ground Zero, Vaughan paid a heartfelt tribute to his father as he read his name on Saturday.

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“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my father and the terrible way he was taken from me,” Vaughan said. “I think he worked so hard, he deserved to raise his kids and be with his wife, but the cowards took him away from me.”

Keith and Scott Coleman worked together at Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services firm that lost 658 of its employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center. The pair were fond of football, and after his death, the Coleman Family and Westport Soccer Association formed in Connecticut. Coleman Brothers Foundation To support soccer players and others actively involved in youth soccer programs.

The Foundation provides opportunities for boys and girls from families with financial need to participate in travel and other youth football events, coaching, or refereeing.

“Those cowards took many things from us, they took many lives, but some things they couldn’t,” Vaughan said on Saturday. “They can’t take our soul, they can’t take our soul, they can’t take our memories, they can’t take our freedom, they can’t take our love, they can’t take our country, they can’ those Don’t take the people who are defending it. So God bless America and God bless everyone who defends every day to prevent another tragedy like this.

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