THE mother of a woman murdered in the September 11 atrocity has applauded the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying: ‘I’m glad we’ve finally got justice’.
Maggy Owen, 63, of Anchorage Park, Portsmouth, whose daughter Melanie de Vere died in the twin towers, woke up yesterday morning to the news that Osama bin Laden had died in a firefight with US forces.
‘I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years,’ she said.
‘When I first heard the news I just thought “we’ve finally got him”. This has finally given me closure.
‘We should not rejoice in the death of others but this man murdered thousands of people, including my daughter.
‘Melanie was not a militant person, she was just a young girl living in New York and he took her life.
‘She has been dead for 10 years but to me it still feels like 10 minutes.
‘Obviously nothing will replace her but this killing of an evil man has closed a door.’
Melanie, 30, who had just started a job as an events manager for a financial magazine, was on only her second day in New York when bin Laden’s hijackers struck.
She was on the 106th floor of the north twin tower when the first of the two planes hit the building, and was among the 2,752 people who died in and around the World Trade Center.
Melanie moved from Plymouth to Portsmouth when she was five years old and went to Mengham Junior School, Hayling Island, and on to Oaklands Catholic School, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville.
She studied dentistry at Highbury College before moving to London when she was 20. At the time of her death she was working for publishing firm Risk Waters and had been excited about the move to America.
Mrs Owen said: ‘Those people had no right to that away from her. I’m glad we’ve finally got some justice for that and that bin Laden paid the ultimate price.
‘You can’t be that happy that someone has been killed, but it was about time.
‘He has been responsible for an awful lot of misery for an awful lot of people.
‘I see his killing as justice and not revenge.
The news of the death of Bin Laden, killed by elite US forces in a mansion in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, came a month after what would have been Melanie’s 40th birthday.
Her mother said: ‘We held a little party at home for her. She would’ve hated it but it’s one of those things you just do.
‘Osama is an evil man and the fact he is dead is brilliant. The Americans have bided their time – but like their most famous actor John Wayne they’ve got their man in the end.
‘I applaud the Americans. They have taken the fight against terror seriously to make us feel safer in our beds. I’m glad he didn’t go out in a blaze of glory, I feared he would have been made into a martyr.’