BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Osama bin Laden was known as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Mike Hellgren has reaction from people who lost loved ones on 9/11.
Raw emotion was unleashed as hundreds of University of Maryland students packed the streets, chanting and jubilant over the death of a man who personified evil. But for the others, the killing of Osama bin Laden caused more reflection than celebration.
“I have a brother-in-law who was killed at the Pentagon,” said Robert McCummings. “It’s just something that everybody wanted to see happen.”
“A friend of mine, his daughter was killed in that World Trade Center,” said Navy veteran Charles McKay. “If you mess with us, we’ll eventually get you.”
Steve Peck from Hunt Valley spent the morning of 9/11 in Tower One of the World Trade Center on the 63rd floor.
“Everybody remembers what they were doing that day. I just happened to be 200 feet from where the plane hit first,” Peck said. “When I think about the decade of watching my kids grow up and things like that, it’s been phenomenal to me. I have the opportunity to be here and witness this.”
While many Marylanders feel a sense of relief and accomplishment, they know bin Laden’s death hasn’t ended the war on terror.
“We can all feel a sense of justice being delivered but we can in no way let down our guard,” Peck said. “It’s a history-making moment. Everyone’s going to remember for sure when they first heard about it.”
More than 50 people with Maryland ties died on 9/11.