FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Southwest Florida woman was among the thousands killed in New York on 9/11. Following news of Osama Bin Laden's death Sunday, family members say they're glad to hear of the Al Qaida leader's death.
"I'm glad he's gone," said Dianne DeBoest. "He's a very evil man, he's caused all kinds of death and destruction."
DeBoest's cousin, Denise Crant, was working in New York on September 11, 2001.
"She was just about on the very floor of the first building that was hit," DeBoest said.
Crant was a Cape Coral native who died while working in the World Trade Center's north tower. like many who lost family that day, Crant's cousin holds Osama Bin Laden responsible.
"I think he was the one who planned the whole thing, granted he didn't carry it out," DeBoest said. "But he was the mastermind."
DeBoest says she was surprised to learn Bin Laden was found living in a mansion in Pakistan when he was killed.
"I expected him to be starving to death in a cave, but apparently that hasn't been so," DeBoest said. "I'm very happy the man is dead. I was afraid they might capture him, take him to Guantanamo, and it could drag on for years and years and years."
Nearly ten years after 9/11, DeBoest says she was always confident Bin Laden would be found.
"I'm just delighted an evil person is no longer on this earth and is no longer going to be able to plot and plan to kill innocent men, women and children," DeBoest said. "I'm glad its finally over."
DeBoest says she doesn't necessarily consider Bin Laden's death to be closure. She says, if ever, it came when recovery teams identified a bone fragment belonging to Denise many months after the attacks; that's when the family was able to have a proper burial service in Southwest Florida.