"I'm very happy that they killed him and it's finally over, but it certainly doesn't take away any of the grief," said Jacquelyn Buckmiller of Fairfield, who son-in-law, James Matthew Patrick, 30, of Norwalk, was working for Cantor Fitzgerald on the upper floors of the first tower when the first plane hit. "It just brings back all the memories. But I'm really happy that he has been killed and he's gone."
Buckmiller finds it hard to talk about the death of her son-in-law, who was expecting to be a father within a few weeks at the time he was killed.
Kathryn Hebert, director of the Norwalk Parking Authority, lost her brother, Adam Lewis of Fairfield, who was working on the 89th floor of tower two when the plane hit. She said that reliving what happened the day her brother died is an annual thing, hovering around the anniversary of Sept. 11. The announcement that Bin Laden was dead brought back the searing memory: She was feeding her 18-month-old daughter when her husband called and asked where her brother was. Turn on the TV, he said, and she did. Just in time to see the building he was in collapse.
"That was my reaction last night, it kind of brings up all those emotions, Hebert said. "For me, it wasn't just a global event. It was very personal."
Lewis, 36, had four children and was hoping for more. His youngest was less than a year old.
Hebert doesn't like to see people celebrating Bin Laden's death. She said, "It was a little bit disappointing, all these people cheering in Washington, or wherever else it happened because I'm not sure what we learned from this. The other side was doing that when the towers came down. We're kind of exemplifying the same behavior."
Did you know a victim of 9/11? How do you feel about Bin Laden's death?
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