I stood on the shores of the Long Island Sound and saw the black smoke as the Twin Towers burned on Sept. 11, 2001. Everything changed since then because of one man named Osama bin Laden. The towers are gone, nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, and thousands were either killed or wounded in wars since. A decade later, a Navy Seals team found him and killed him. From my story:
Across the San Fernando Valley and beyond on Monday, Americans awoke to what some called a brighter national landscape after hearing that Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, had been slain.
Bin Laden’s death at the hands of an elite Navy SEALs team dominated conversations across the Valley, with many residents saying that while al-Qaida remains a threat, the slaying of the terrorist group’s figurehead brings some psychological closure.
For those who lost a loved one in the attacks in 2001, bin Laden symbolized a heinous link. He was Public Enemy No. 1.
Here’s my full story (Daily News, May, 2011) of the local Los Angeles reaction from those who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks.