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9/11 at ECU: 'Innocence died that day'

(Sept. 9, 2011)   —   At East Carolina University, where learning is a fact of daily life, the events of 9/11 delivered a lesson no one anticipated —a lesson many on campus that day say changed fates, attitudes and lives in the decade since.

“It made you step back and view how the world works from a different perspective,” said Mark Alexander, who was a 19-year-old sophomore on Sept. 11, 2001. “We learned that we don’t live in a perfect society and there are people who want to do harm to us.”