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Families Recall Sept. 11 Pain In Light Of Bin Laden’s Death

This photo by Roberto Robanne, provided by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, shows the impact of one of the airplanes during the World Trade Center attacks in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP)

This photo by Roberto Robanne, provided by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, shows the impact of one of the airplanes during the World Trade Center attacks in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP)

More than 200 people from Massachusetts died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Reaction from their friends and family to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death has spanned the range from elation to confusion.

For Susie Ward Baker, the news was cathartic. She lost her son, Tim Ray Ward on 9/11. He was a passenger on United flight 175, headed from Boston to Los Angeles.

“My son, he was my partner, he was my hero and I still miss him every single day,” Baker said.

But news of bin Laden’s death brought a measure of closure to the still-grieving mother.

“I would like to have been on that ship and been able to kick his body into the middle of the ocean,” Baker said. “I think he’s where he should be. I think it’s about time.”

Others are more circumspect. Steve Safran is editor of lostremote.com, a website that covers social media and television. He grew up in Weston with his close friend, Stuart Meltzer.

Meltzer worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services firm that occupied the 101st to the 105th floors of the North Tower at the World Trade Center. Stuart Meltzer and 657 other Cantor employees were killed as they tried to escape the building.

Guests:

  • Susie Ward Baker
  • Steve Safran

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