Monday, May 2, 2011
The killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden didn't come soon enough for one San Diegan.
SAN DIEGO Brandon Keller lost his older brother ten years ago. Chandler Keller was on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11th when it was hijacked by terrorists. The flight crashed into the Pentagon killing all passengers and crew members on board.
"I use to be the middle brother, now I'm the oldest," said Keller, 35.
He said he first heard the news of Osama bin Laden while driving home from celebrating his father's birthday.
"We were in the car, and we all said: They finally got him," Keller said.
In Keller's eyes, justice has been served. But he believes it will still be difficult to find closure.
"Nothing can take away what happened," he said. "It just makes it a little easier and a little less painful and it hurts a little less."
Chandler Keller was 29 years old. He was survived by his wife and worked and as an engineer for Boeing.
Deora Bodley, 20, also died in the 9/11 attacks. She grew up in San Diego with her mother Deborah Borza. Bodley was on United Airlines flight 93 on her way back to college after visiting friends in New York when it crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
When Borza got the news of bin Laden's death, she was surprised at her lack of a reaction.
"There was nothing there at that moment when I heard the news," Borza said.
In his speech Sunday night, President Barack Obama offered some words of comfort to the families of 9/11 victims.
"And on night's like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done," the president said.