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Bin Laden's death hits home in Central Texas

POSTED: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 5:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- While the President debates whether or not to release pictures of Osama bin Laden's body, news of his death is hitting home in Waco. Waco resident Al Saddiq sees the footage and thinks of his sister-in-law who lives just minutes from bin Laden's compound.

"We were very worried, you know, what was the collateral damage and how many civilians got killed and so forth. It still is not a clear picture how many casualties we have in that town," says Saddiq.

Saddiq hasn't been able to speak to his family since bin Laden's death, but says he worries for their safety, but he's thankful bin Laden is dead.

"He is a mass murderer of Muslims, and so we are very relieved he is gone. I hope that we see some peace, but it's not over yet," says Saddiq.

He isn't the only one glad bin Laden is gone.

"I was thankful for the mothers and fathers and kids of those that perished in 9/11," says one resident, John Skaggs.

"I don't believe in just going out to retaliate, but I believe the sentiment of the country was such that we knew at some point somebody would do something," explains Judy Howeth.

However, some, like Baylor student, Brian Elders, say they should have taken him alive.

"It might have been better to take him into custody and try to get some information out of him," says Elders. 

Many question how bin Laden was living undetected in his Pakistan mansion.

"Somebody has to know. It is no way that people wouldn't know that somebody like him living around that area," says Saddiq.

Now, Al Saddiq is focusing on finding his sister-in-law.

"I'm very worried, and I hope everything is fine," says Saddiq. "That's all we can do is hope for better."

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