SEVERNA PARK, Md. (WJZ) — Death of a terrorist. The only man ever convicted in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland has died.
Meghan McCorkell has reaction from a victim’s family.
The bomber’s death ends a painful chapter for the families but they say there are others who still need to pay.
There are images of mourners surrounding the casket of convicted terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi but it’s other images that forever haunt the families of his victims. Two hundred and seventy people were killed in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland when Pan Am flight 103 exploded in 1988.
“I’m glad he’s dead, in a word. Because now we can stop thinking how many more years he’s going to live,” said Rosemary Mild.
Three years ago, al-Megrahi was granted compassionate release from prison after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and expected to live just months. Rosemary Mild of Severna Park was outraged. Her 20-year-old daughter Miriam died inside the plane.
“His being released was like giving a get out of jail card to every terrorist everywhere,” Mild said.
Now she hopes the world will pressure Libya to track down the other masterminds of the attack.
“Our government has not made this a high enough priority with the new Libyan government,” said Senator Charles Schumer.
Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski says, “There are still many questions about others who were also responsible for this terrible crime who have never been brought to justice.”
Without answers, families fight to remember the lives lost. Monday night at Severna Park High School, Rosemary Mild honored her daughter’s legacy, presenting an award named after her. More than two decades later, the loss is still with her.
“I’m still finding ways to remember her, for the world to remember her,” she said.
al-Megrahi denied his involvement in the bomb plot up until his death.
The Scottish government says it is working with new authorities in Libya to continue investigating the Lockerbie bombing.