Vladimir and Bojan were in Twin Towers on September 11. Fiance received the last, hard message
Bojan's body was never found, while Vladimir's parents buried an urn with the ashes from the scene at the Topcider Cemetery in Belgrade
As America was paying tribute to the innocent victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York and Washington, Serbs around the world remembered Vladimir Tomasevic and Bojan Kostic, two young Belgraders killed that day in the attack on the Twin Towers, the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
When the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center, Bojan Kostic was on the 104th floor in the offices of the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald. A minute after the devastating explosion, he called his fiance, a Swedish woman named Susan and left a message on her phone saying, "A plane has hit the building, we will try to evacuate."
His body was never found and Bojan Kostic was pronounced dead, along with thousands of others who went missing in the World Trade Center ruins.
Bojan Kostic was born in 1968 in Belgrade, where he graduated from elementary and high school. As a very talented youngster in Partizan's basketball school, he received scholarship from the University of Iowa. He played basketball and went to school there, but a bad injury ended his sporting career.
Vladimir Tomasevic, who lived in Canada with his wife Tanja, arrived in New York on September 11, 2001, to attend a seminar on information technology. At the time the al-Qaeda terrorists attacked, he was inside the premises called "Windows to the World," on the top floor of one of the World Trade Center twin towers.
Vladimir Tomasevic was born on January 25, 1965 in Kosovo and Metohija. He moved to Belgrade when he was 4 years old along with his parents and younger sister, Jelena, where he graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
In Canada, he worked on software development. He quickly received promotion and was appointed Vice President of Optus Business Solutions. One year after the terrorist attack, the New York Times published the biographies of the victims, stating that Vladimir Tomasevic "always knew how to compliment others." With his wife Tanja, he lived in Toronto, and loved to play tennis and golf.
Deciding that it wouldn't be possible to find the remains of all the victims, the city authorities of New York offered their families urns with the ashes from the scene of the destroyed Twin Towers. Vladimir Tomasevic's parents accepted the offer and buried the urn, which arrived from America, at the Topcider Cemetery in Belgrade, and later some other body parts. The funeral of Vladimir's remains was held on September 11, 2008 in Belgrade.