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Mom of Westport 9/11 Victim Finds No Closure

The death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is a victory for the United States. But it doesn't fill the hole Weston resident Connie Taylor has in her heart. Taylor's son, Westport resident Bradley Vadas, was killed in the terror attacks.

"It doesn't in one way or another give me closure — I don't expect to ever have a sense of closure," Taylor said. "It's just been so long. Maybe if they'd gotten him right after the fact, but I've gotten used to the way it is.

"In fact, I wish they hadn't killed him. I'd care to know what was on his mind, but maybe that's because I'm a social worker. But killing him outright doesn't do much."

Vadas, who grew up in Weston, was a vice president at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He was 37 when he died.

When Taylor heard the news that bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs on Sunday, she said she was surprised. "We've been working on [finding bin Laden] for so long and now we can get on to other things — whatever else has to be done to protect us and others from terrorism."

Although Taylor said she is "very much against" the death penalty, she said she was also relieved when she heard about bin Laden's death, even though it doesn't make up for the loss of her son and all the other victims of 9/11.

"I'm glad he was captured and is no longer out there to cause terrible problems for the rest of the world," she said. "But, I'm sure someone else will carry on where he left off."

What are your feelings regarding Osama bin Laden's death? Do you think some justice has been served? Please leave a comment below.

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