SURIA CLARKE: Sunny, Vivacious,
Clarke's first name means "the shining one" or "the sun"
in Sanskrit, and it was as if her whole life was about
living the promise of her name. She was tall and
vivacious, and somehow "she never went unnoticed," said
her friend Selinde Dulckeit.
She was also "quite irreverent, whether she was
talking to the C.E.O. of a company or the mailman," Ms.
Dulckeit said. The two women knew each other in Brussels,
where they lived before they both moved to New York. When
Ms. Clarke died, she had just started a job as a vice
president for media relations at eSpeed, a division of
Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center.
Ms. Clarke, 30, had an appetite for life, for food,
for wine. On a trip to Italy with Ms. Dulckeit, the two
friends fell in love with the local Tuscan wine. Ms.
Clarke just had to have some to take home to Brooklyn
Heights. So they bought two huge bottles of wine, almost
But when they got home they had to find a way to
decant it. They needed 90 empty bottles. So they started
drinking. "We had to drink a lot of wine," remembered Ms.