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Lockerbie Families React to Gadhafi's Death

Associated Press


All across the tri-state, families who lost a relative in the Lockerbie bombing are reacting to the death of Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

One couple from Rockland County is remembering their son Thursday with the death of Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

Barbara and John Zwynenburg of West Nyack, New York lost their son, Mark, on Pan Am Flight 103 -- the flight brought down over Lockerbie, Scotland back in 1988.

Gadhafi was alleged to be behind the bombing. Mr. Zwynenburg says justice has finally been served.

"The guy was not only a murderer within his own country, but also on an international scale. And they finally brought him to an end. I think the Libyan people are happy. I think we are happy. I think the world, by and large, is pleased," says Mr. Zwynenburg.

One New Jersey mother is also welcoming the news. Susan Cohen of Cape May lost her daughter, Theodora, on the same flight on December 22, 1988. That is why she says the announcement warrants celebration.

As Cohen explains, "I am going to drink a glass of champagne after this -- probably more than one. And quite frankly, I'd like to put up that picture of him [Gadhafi] when he's dead and throw darts at it."

She adds while Gadhafi's death does not make up for her loss, it is still a bit of consolation for her.

"There's no such thing as closure; that's absurd. The pain will be there until I die. But at least I can say justice has been served at last," says Cohen.

For years, Gadhafi denied any wrongdoing in the Lockerbie case. But in 2003, Libya admitted responsibilty in a formal letter to the United Nations Security Council.