FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers family knows all too well the pain caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Vivian Vena's cousin, Christopher Racaniello, 30, was killed after a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment firm, that lost more than 650 employees (about two-thirds of its workforce) on September 11, 2001.
"It's been devastating for the family, especially his mother and father," said Vena.
Vena told WINK News she received her cousin's wedding invitation on the same day he was killed.
"We went from getting good news about him to getting devastating news about him," she said.
The roller coaster of emotions continued when the family found out their other cousin, a firefighter, was in one of the towers as it was collapsing.
"He fortunately made it out okay, but lost one of the rookies he had been training," explained Vena.
The family said the only reason he survived was because he found an oxygen mask and tank left behind by another firefighter.
"We are very fortunate to still have him with us," she said.
The family told WINK News they were relieved to hear that Osama bin Laden is dead. But they said they don't know if it will give them closure.