East Hartford residents react to killing of Osama bin Laden
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., May. 6, 2011
The news that Osama bin Laden had been killed stunned Americans when they heard the announcement by President Barack Obama. The terrorist leader was killed in Pakistan May 1 by U.S. Navy SEALs.
A debate over the release of photographic evidence of bin Laden's death also began, though the president has said such photos would not be released at this time.
East Hartford residents visiting Alumni Park were asked for their reaction and opinions, and had this to say:
“I'm happy, but now I am scared too – I think this is going to make his followers want even more revenge,'' said Kayla Rios.
“I was surprised – and happy. But I don't think it’s over. And I think they should show the pictures – a lot of people will not believe it unless they show the pictures,'' said Amari Franklin.
“My first thought was 'wow' - it sure took them enough time. People even changed their Facebook status to 'We got him.' I don't think they have to release the photos, but I want them to. I just want to see how it looks.'' said Jalvon Bogle.
“I just thought that no peace can come from this, and I have two nephews who just left for Afghanistan this week. I am deeply worried about them. I think his followers are going to want revenge from our soldiers. As for the pictures, there are so many of them out there on the Internet right now, it’s hard to know what's real,'' said Vilma Oquendl.
“I was glad that it happened. And since everybody's talking about the pictures, I think they should show it. I want to see it,'' said Israel Negron.
“I was glad to hear he was dead – I think he got what he deserved. And I don't think they need to show the pictures. We know he's dead, that's it,'' said Marian Robles.