Queens Family Elated Over Bin Laden’s Death

ASTORIA, QUEENS (CBS 2) — The death of Osama bin Laden has brought new life into the lives of Maureen and Al Santora. 

“When I realized it was true, I was overjoyed,” said Maureen. “I was thrilled.”

Gone forever now is the mastermind of the 9/11 attack who killed so many, including their son.

“He was the reason my son was killed and I’m delighted that he’s dead,” said Maureen.

Firefighter Christopher Santora lost his life that horrible day.  The 23-year-old was new at the FDNY and was living his dream.

But his death became his parents’ worst nightmare.

“Oh, it was the most devastating loss I’ve ever experienced,” said Maureen. “Losing a child is indescribable unless you’ve experienced it yourself.”

So when they heard the news that bin Laden had been killed, they could hardly believe it.

“I was waiting for somebody to come on the TV and say we made a mistake,” said Maureen. “It wasn’t true.”

But the fact that it is true was especially heartening for Al, a 40-year veteran of the FDNY himself.

“He’s gone now. I’m glad of that,” said Al. “We don’t have to see his face and his name anymore.”
They say the loss of their son and the hurt they’ve lived with will never go away. But for now, they are at peace.

“I am joyful today. I feel my son cheering in Heaven and I feel him saying, ‘Good job America, you did a good job,'” said Maureen.

The Santoras have created a scholarship in honor of their son Christopher. The fund provides scholarships to students and educational materials to schools.

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  1. .. says:

    some freaky comments here.

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    YUSUFALI: Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord;

    PICKTHAL: Think not of those, who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord they have provision.

    SHAKIR: And reckon not those who are killed in Allah’s way as dead; nay, they are alive (and) are provided sustenance from their Lord;


    YUSUFALI: They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.

    PICKTHAL: Jubilant (are they) because of that which Allah hath bestowed upon them of His bounty, rejoicing for the sake of those who have not joined them but are left behind: That there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

    SHAKIR: Rejoicing in what Allah has given them out of His grace and they rejoice for the sake of those who, (being left) behind them, have not yet joined them, that they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.

  3. Black Pride says:

    Bush (white man) couldn’t do it….. Obama finally did it….4 more years!!!

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