Happiness, But No Closure For Family Of 9/11 Victim

Dr. Robert Zampieri Just Wanted To Ask Bin Laden Why

FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The killing of Osama bin Laden holds special meaning for those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks.

Robert Zampieri showed CBS 2’s Christine Sloan us pictures of his son, Robbie, who was killed during the attacks. He said news of bin Laden’s death brings some comfort, but not closure.

“People have asked me all this morning, ‘are you happy?’ Are you this? It’s not going to change my life,” Dr. Zampieri said.

Robbie Zampieri was just 30 years old when he was killed. He was on the 92nd floor of Tower One when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center.

“I don’t hate Osama. I just, when it happened, people asked do you want to get him, kill him? I said, no, I’d like to talk to him and say why? Because if you build your relationships on hate you’re going to kill yourself internally,” Dr. Zampieri said.

But he’s grateful to the military and those in the intelligence community who tracked bin Laden down.

“I want to thank them because they were tireless in their effort,” Dr. Zampieri said.

What gives this family peace is knowing Robbie’s life was well-lived.

“He had a wonderful life. He had been over to Dublin for a year, to England for a year. He was in the World Trade Center, had a great job,” Dr. Zampieri said.

The Zampieris have turned their pain into hope, creating a scholarship fund for a school in their son’s name.”

“We have a vehicle to keep Robbie alive,” he said.

In four years, they’ve raised $1 million for St. Anthony’s School in Jersey City. Dr. Zampieri said he knows his son would be proud.

“The only thing I cannot do is hug him. I talk to him every day, but I just can’t hug him. But he’s still with us,” Dr. Zampieri said.

Family members told Sloan Robbie was actually scheduled to work the night shift at his job at the World Trade Center, but was called in at the last second for a day shift.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Sandy Cerami

    Dale, You are probably best served by not commenting on the events yourself…unless of course you have some sort of “skin” in the game that you are not making known. Dr. Zampierii lost his son…his son. He spoke with compassion and honor, and found the courage and strength to turn tragedy into a form of charity. What possible impact or difference could an official statement make that a personal reflection already does so poignantly? Time for you to understand the meaning of the term shhhhhhh…and go quietly back to your life.

  • let it go

    let’s stop slinging mud and let everyone be entitled to there opinion, however braod or small, minded

  • Joe Patriot

    Justice was served…God sees all

  • Barb

    No comment is irrelevant. There is no “official opinion” as everyone holds their own pain and their own peace. The Zampieri’s are an inspiration. It is not easy turning pain into hope for others. I can only be blessed to have known them briefly through their loss

  • friend 2

    My heart goes out to the Zampieri family and all those who lost someone on 9/11. Mr. Zampieri, what you and your family have done at St. Anthony’s is admirable and I’m sure your son is so proud of his loving family. Thank you for speaking out on this day as I’m sure many share your same sentiments. You’re truly courageous.

  • Dale Auburn

    Not to belittle anything or anybody, but one father’s comments are completely irrelevant. I’m still waiting for the Official Spokesperson for All 9/11 Families to deliver the Official Opinion of All 9/11 Families.

    • bob zampieri

      could we seat down face to face and talk

    • zamp fan

      Don’t worry about belittling anyone Dale, these people are strong enough not to be bothered by your irrelevant background noise. Keep buzzing. I hope it makes you feel important, and good about yourself to put a negative spin on a subject that is heart breaking . If you want to hear an official opinion, you just heard it. It is Doc Z’s official opinion, and that’s all that matter to him, his family and friends. If that is not good enough keep searching and commenting, because that is what is truely important in all this.

      • rickygervais

        let’s remember what this is about. A family loss their son. do you think anyone’s negative comments will phase them. Do not reply to Dale anymore. It is insulting to the memory of Robert to reply. Those that know, know

    • Friend

      That is the most absurd thing I have heard in a while. I hope that is sarcasm. Who cares what some spokesperson, making a broad and generalized statement (obviously without consulting each and every family member), has to say. The comment of an official spokesperson is irrelevant–one person cannot even begin to express the feelings of those individuals that lost someone on 9/11 or during the ensuing and on-going war on terror. Once again, I hope that your comment is just sarcasm that is not translating well, but even if it is sarcasm–is this really the proper platform for it?

      • Dale Auburn

        You’re pretending to not get it. The whole point is that every identifiable subgroup of society (9/11 family members, Democrats, Republicans, Muslims) has an Official Spokesperson who renders that subgroup’s Official Opinion on all topics. All members of the subgroup must consult the Official Spokesperson and are legally bound by the Official Opinion.

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