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SC college track athlete remembers pilot father

Sep 10, 2010 12:41:00 PM - thestate.com
They spoke for the last time on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. It was a quick phone call between father and daughter, with the 9-year-old lamenting that she didn't want to get out of bed, didn't want to go to school.

But United Airlines co-pilot Mike Horrocks had a way of getting his daughter, Christa, going. After a few kind encouragements, she decided school wouldn't be so bad. Then came the last words they would ever share: "I love you up to the moon and back," he told her.

Sixty minutes later, terrorists would take over United Airlines Flight 175, diverting it off its course from Boston to Los Angeles and making it the second plane flown into the World Trade Center.

Nine years have passed since that last goodbye. Christa Horrocks is now 18 and a freshman scholarship track athlete at the College of Charleston.

While the rest of the country on Saturday will pause to remember the defining moment of this century, Horrocks will travel to a tiny Pennsylvania college where her father played football. She will speak to the crowd at West Chester University about a man who in one way is gone, but to Horrocks remains always there in spirit.

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