Iowans who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are applauding the death of Osama bin Laden. Doug and Betty Haviland live in Ames.
Their son, Tim, worked in the World Trade Center and was killed at age of 41. Betty says she feels a sense of closure and that justice was served. “And it’s certainly a good thing. The military did a good job and the Navy seals. And they took his body out and apparently buried him at sea so he can’t be made into a shrine or martyr or anything else, he was an evil man,” Betty said.
Native Iowan Kasey Kincaid lost his sister in the terrorist attacks. Kincaid says he always expected the U.S. would catch up to bin Laden, but the news Sunday night still came as a surprise. “Well, you know, after 10 years you begin to wonder,” Kincaid said. “But I have a lot of faith in the United States government and the intelligence services. I thought it would happen eventually so no, I never gave up hope that they’d get him.”
Kincaid’s sister Karen was one of the 184 passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. Karen, a Waverly native and Drake University law graduate, was working as a lawyer in Washington D.C.