Local people react to the death of Osama bin Laden

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., May. 6, 2011
Donald Christie, W. Springfield, Mass.
Donald Christie, W. Springfield, Mass.

When asked for their reaction to the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan on May 1, people who answered the question in Enfield on May 4 had this to say:


Donald Christie, W. Springfield, Mass.: “He was only the leader. Someone else will fill his shoes, and we will suffer the retaliation.”


Erin Greenstein, a student from Framingham, Mass.: “I was shocked and happy. They’ve been trying to find him for so long, and everyone was so excited. It was a huge relief.”


Shannon Bizeau, Suffield: “At first I thought it was a joke, but then I checked Facebook and CNN. Initially I was really happy, but then it was sort of surreal to see all the partying. I still don’t know how to feel about it.”


Tim McIntosh, Enfield: “It’s about time. The servicemen did an outstanding job.”


Roberta Hoff, Enfield: “My reaction was serious and surprised. I’m not a pro-war person, but I think we should take it seriously. His death should be treated with respect. He did cause these deaths, but I wish he could’ve been brought to justice. I don’t believe in an eye for an eye, and I want the U.S. to remain humane. This is a turning point for the country - we can’t become like them [terrorists].”


One Enfield resident, who asked not to be identified, said: “We shouldn’t have killed him, we should have captured him so he could die a slow, painful death. I’m a nice guy, but there are certain people in this world - look what he’s done. He’s changed the whole world.”


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