Houston Reacts to Osama bin Laden’s Death

Houstonians join the rest of the world in reacting to the news that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by American Special Forces in Pakistan. Comments came from the site of Houston's only 9-11 Memorial. Pat Hernandez has more.

Lauren's Garden
Fountain at Lauren’s Garden The North End of the newly reopened Market Square is Lauren’s Garden, in memory of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, a Houstonian who was a UA 93 passenger, and others lost on September 11. Each stone represents someone on the flight

Around the country, reactions varied from those whose lives had been especially touched by the man responsible for the September 11th attacks that killed over 13-hundred people at the World Trade Center.

This woman was walking her dog around Market Square Park downtown.

“Well, I hope it means that we can stop all the wars that are going on. That’s what I hope it means.”

PH: “Does this do something for America, that we were relentless in hunting this man down and finally, it happened?”
Woman: “It doesn’t do anything for me, but it seems to do a lot for a lot of Americans.”

Market Square Park is the site of Lauren’s Garden, a tribute garden in memory of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas of Houston. She was a passenger of Flight 93 that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, and to all who were lost that fateful day almost ten years ago.

This man was glad Osama bin Laden was killed.

Lauren statue“It’s time that somebody paid for the crimes that were committed against the United States, and if he was the number one man, I’m glad they got him.”

PH: “Obviously, this is not over.”

Man:  “You commit crimes against the United States, I think you should have to pay for it, and I think the United States is big enough to handle retaliation.”   

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government has no plans to raise the terror alert level unless it receives specific intelligence it can share with the American public.

Some communities aren’t taking any chances. Security has increased at the New York City subway system out of concerns of potential retaliation attacks.