The night their hellish ordeal began was just like any other.
John Esquibel, 27, and his 19-year-old nephew Adam Hanson couldn’t take the stifling heat inside the upstairs apartment they were staying at, so they decided to go for a walk.
“I said, ‘Don’t be gone too long. There’s too many crazy people out these days,’” Esquibel’s mother, Gloria Esquibel, recalls. Esquibel, who had a part-time job at Pizza Hut, told her they were just going to walk around the Plaza once and come back.