CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The people who family in the Sept. 11 attacks are reflecting on their loved ones in wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Scott Wahlstrum, of Cranberry, lost his mother and sister. They were among the 87 passengers and crew on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
“I spend very little time thinking about Osama bin Laden,” he said. “My thoughts are really with my mom and my sister.”
Mary Alice Wahlstrum, 78, and Carolyn Beug, 48, were returning to California after taking Beug’s twin daughters to college in Rhode Island.
Scott focuses his energy on his wife and four children. He believes the separation between he and his mother and sister is only temporary.
“I miss them very much, but I gain a lot of strength from my faith and my inner belief that I’ll meet and be reunited with them again and I look forward to that day,” he said.
Marjorie Vaira, of Washington County, lost her daughter, Angela Kyte, a graduate of Washington High School, in the World Trade Center.
She’s waited a long time to hear the news about bin Laden.
“When I got the paper, I thought it was about time that they got hold of him,” Vaira said.
She does have concerns that the cycle of violence will just continue.
“I don’t think his death is going to be very helpful because there will still be people who believe in him and support him and it seems like the near east right now, first of all Libya, than Egypt, then Syria, they’re all having these battles about who’s going to rule,” Vaira said.
Today was a day Vaira has been waiting for – she just wasn’t sure how she was going to feel when it came.
“I didn’t think about what would happen to [bin Laden]. I knew they would get him in the end. But I didn’t know how and I think this is better than having a trial,” she said.