Some closure, hope for Lockerbie victims

People pay respects at the Lockerbie memorial in Scotland.

Families of victims killed in the Libyan bombing of a U.S. airliner over Scotland in 1988 said justice was served with the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday — but they also hoped it would reveal others behind the attack.

“I hope he’s in hell with Hitler,” said Kathy Tedeschi, whose first husband, Bill Daniels, was among the 270 people killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. “I just can’t stop crying, I am so thrilled.”

“I am sure [Gaddafi] was the one who pushed to have this done, the bombing,” said Tedeschi, 62, whose three children were aged 10, 7 and 2 when their father was killed.

Bob Monetti, whose son Richard, 20, was killed in the Lockerbie bombing said: “The world is a much better place without Gaddafi. I am way past vengeance.”

The Pan Am airliner exploded as it flew to New York from London on Dec. 21, 1988. All 259 people aboard the aircraft were killed, and 11 others on the ground in Lockerbie also died from falling wreckage.


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