9-11 victim's families hail Bin Laden's death

11:22, May 03, 2011      

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Families of the victims of the 2001 September 11th attacks spoke about bin Laden's death on Monday at an event in New York.

Al Santora and his wife Maureen, who lost their 23-year-old son Christopher in the twin tower attacks, said that they could not believe the news when they first heard it.

Al Santora, 9/11 Victims's Father, said, "We were kind of numb when we first heard it. We weren't really sure if it was really in fact you know, this was true. We waited and then we just were glued to the TV until the President spoke, and then we were watching the day afterwards and all of the commentators. It was a great feeling to hear this, but as I said, it's a mixed emotion. It's a rollercoaster ride, you're happy one moment and sad the next moment. No matter what happens, nothing is ever going to bring these people back."

Sally Regenhard lost her son Christian Regenhard, who was a 28-year-old probationary firefighter. He was lost with his entire engine company on 9/11. Regenhard said that over the course of years she had given up hope that bin Laden could be ever caught. Regenhard also said that she wanted to thank the Obama administration for orchestrating the assault.

Sally Regenhard, 9/11 Victim's Mother, said, "I'd like to say that you know, I really have gratitude to the Obama administration regardless of politics or whatever. In almost ten years no one could locate this man. I think he accomplished a great goal and I appreciate it.

On a different note, Rosaleen Tallon, the sister of 9/11 victim Sean Tallon, said that she is hesitant to celebrate the killing.

Rosallen Tallon, 9/11 Victim's Sister, said, "Especially living in New York, it's personal to us. And I don't want it to become this political -- like 'Oh, this is the most wonderful thing that's happened,' it is a small victory, but I think it is a victory that needs to be tempered with caution."

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when planes hijacked by bin Laden's followers flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in the Pennsylvania countryside.

Many analysts see bin Laden's death as largely symbolic since he was no longer believed to have been issuing operational orders to the many autonomous al-Qaeda affiliates around the world.

Source: CNTV

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