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Tears, anger fresh after Osama death

Death of al Qaeda leader prompts increased security at Logan, on MBTA. Victims’ families say nation should focus on those lost, not bin Laden.

Christie Coombs wept again yesterday.

The Abington woman who lost her husband Jeff when his plane crashed into the World Trade Center nearly 10 years ago, joined other victims’ family members yesterday at the 9/11 memorial in the Public Garden. The ceremony took place less than 24 hours after President Obama announced U.S. special forces had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

“It’s strange to think about being glad that someone is dead, but this man was the equivalent of the devil,” Coombs said. “I have no reservation saying that I’m glad he is dead.”

Coombs and others left 206 roses at the memorial in memory of each person with Massachusetts ties who died in the attacks.

Frustration and relief were some of the emotions families were feeling.

“Not at all,” Carie Lemack said when asked if bin Laden’s death eased her family’s pain. Her mother Judy Larocque, of Framingham, was on American Airlines Flight 11. “Mom’s still not here … [bin Laden’s] ideology and his threats still exist.”

Coombs said less attention should be given to bin Laden’s death. “I think the focus needs to be put on how it changed our country and ... our families.”

To view a slideshow of the families at the 9/11 memorial in the Public Garden click here.

Brain teaser at Mass. General

ABC News reported that DNA from a tissue sample of the brain of bin Laden’s sister was used to confirm the man killed in the weekend raid was in fact the terror leader. The brain, the media outlet reported, was being stored at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The hospital said yesterday that it was unable to confirm anything about the report.

Bin Laden’s sister, who was not identified, died from brain cancer in Boston in 2005.

Securing the state

While multiple law enforcement officials said yesterday that there were no specific threats to Massachusetts, agencies were increasing patrols and urging citizens to remain vigilant.

Transit police planned to increase “high visibility” patrol teams and K-9 units during peak commutes.

A Logan Airport rep said there were more personnel and state police on duty.

 
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