Daniel Brandhorst, Ronald Gamboa, and Their 3-Year-Old Son David – One of the Youngest Victims of the Terrorist Attack
On September 11th 2001, Ron Gamboa and Daniel Brandhorst boarded United Flight 175 from Boston back home to Los Angeles after vacationing on Cape Cod for three days with their 3-year-old son David in tow.
Tramuto lost both her parents and son on that fateful flight which was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center 12 years ago, yet is still dealing with their grief today.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Brandhorst and Ronald Gamboa, both 42-years old, were aboard United Flight 175 when it was hijacked and crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Their 3-year-old son David became one of the youngest victims in these terrorist attacks.
After meeting at a party in 1987 and becoming close, David’s fathers decided to begin their family. Both men were present when he was born, doting on him immensely and founding members of Pop Luck Club, an organization for gay men who adopted children.
Friends described Brandhorst as being more serious and driven, working as a lawyer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles; Gamboa ran a Gap store in Santa Monica where she could be more laid back.
Before 9/11, Brandhorst was an integral partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a tireless proponent for family equality.
He and Ronald Gamboa lived in Los Angeles in a house perched atop the lip of a canyon, enjoying travel, spending time with close friends, visiting family members and caring for their 3-year-old adopted as an infant son whom they doted upon. Furthermore, the two were founding members of Pop Luck Club; a support group for gay men raising children.
According to their close friends, Brandhorst was more serious and driven than Gamboa; while Gamboa, manager at a Gap store in Santa Monica, was known for being lighthearted with an ever-present sense of mischief and jokes ready at hand.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel Brandhorst has earned numerous honors and awards in his field. He has been recognized by various organizations and institutions for his contributions to society; multiple times named Germany’s top multimedia designer; his works having earned national and international renown.
On September 11th 2011, The Pop Luck Club- Los Angeles held a community pot luck and 9/11 family remembrance event to remember Daniel Brandhorst and Ronald Gamboa (and their three year old son) who perished aboard United Airlines Flight 175. Limor Baruch designed, visualized, investigated and curated data as part of this study; she wrote the original draft while Stasia Krishtul gathered resources and executed ECM production.
Daniel Brandhorst, Ronald Gamboa and their three-year-old son David were on United Flight 175 when it was hijacked and driven into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. They had just come back from visiting Boston and Cape Cod.
Gamboa and Brandhorst met at a party in 1987 and moved to Los Angeles, where they had their son who called Gamboa “daddy” and Brandhorst “papa.” Both fathers showed great affection towards him and planned to adopt more children together; eventually they founded an organization known as Pop Luck Club which offers support to gay men raising families.
St. Victor became their church home despite its denomination’s proscription on same-sex marriage, where they felt comfortable among a mix of straights and gays. Brandhorst worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers while Gamboa managed a Gap store in Santa Monica.
Daniel Brandhorst was an established businessman with an estimated net worth of over $2 Million, owning his home in Hollywood Hills and known for extensive travels around the globe. A partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Daniel also pursued several professional interests outside their respective firm.
On September 11th 2001, Ronald Gamboa and Dan Brandhorst – partners for 14 years – were aboard United Airlines Flight 175, bound for Los Angeles after spending time together on vacation in Boston and Cape Cod with their 3-year-old adopted son David.
These two men loved being parents and co-founded the Pop Luck Club – an organization for gay men looking to adopt children. David was their first child; they doted on him and planned on adopting more.