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February 18, 2020

Joao i did not know you but you seemed to be a very smart man and i inspire to take my future very far as you did i'm very sorry for your families loss god be with you

Posted by Jessica Gibson

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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Monmouth Beach, NJ
Location on 9/11:
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods | Investment Banker

Last year, while sailing off the coast of New Jersey, Joao Aguiar was knocked unconscious by the flying boom of his catamaran and fell into a coma. The prognosis wasn't good, but he emerged from unconsciousness two days later. In two weeks he was out of the hospital. His uncle, Raymond S. Smith, said he was not surprised that his nephew defied the odds.

"J.J. is a strong, athletic guy," he said. "Just like then, I'm sure he'll pull through." Joao, 30, of Monmouth Beach, N.J., worked for KBW Investments on the 86th floor of the south tower. Raymond said he had learned from co-workers that his nephew made it to the 76th floor. "He's resourceful, a really smart kid," said Raymond, who raised his nephew after his parents returned to Portugal while Joao was still in high school. Joao was crazy about horses, and he recently met a woman while riding. He was was planning to move in with his girlfriend, who owns a horse farm in Colts Neck, N.J., Raymond said. "For the first time in his life, he was in love," he said.