Bin Laden's death sparks range of emotions

Laura Buck
Laura Buck
Karl Steininger
Karl Steininger

By Teri Okita – bio | email

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The death of Osama bin Laden has sparked a range of emotions for those most affected by the events of September 11. Some might think the natural reaction would be jubilation. Instead, it's joy tempered with sadness.

For Laura Buck, these past 10 years haven't gotten any easier.

"It's just so painful for me," said Buck, the daughter of a 9/11 victim. "I haven't given a lot of interviews ever because it's really tough."

Buck's mother, Georgine Corrigan, died on United Airlines flight 33 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Buck says, as evil as Osama bin Laden and his associates were, news of his death was still tough.

"There is a stage of grief where you want revenge," said Buck. "Nine-and-a-half years later, you don't feel that, and I worry that there's going to be retaliation, and I just don't want to see any more people suffer."

HPD officer Karl Steininger feels the same way. The former New York City cop was there during the attacks, and his friends and colleagues who perished. He says, after hearing about bin Laden, a brief moment of elation turned into sadness, and memories of that day a decade ago came rushing back.

"At the time, you hear cops screaming over the radio," said Steininger. "It was just terrible. The screams, to this day, I can still remember what they were."

Bin Laden's death hasn't brought closure for either Steininger or Buck. The Hawaii Kai woman says it's hard to leave 9/11 behind. Aside from the yearly anniversary, she frequently receives requests for information from school kids, inmates, even authors wanting to write her mother's life story. Her loss is very public.

Her children, now teenagers, still have fond memories of their grandmother, and Buck keeps her mother's smile – and a card – close to her heart. It reads: "What a wonderful daughter I have. I'm so proud of everything you've done. You are capable of such great things!"

Mother's Day won't be easy.

"You know…Sunday…hug your mom," said Buck.

Buck made it a point to say she's grateful to the Navy SEALs for their mission accomplished, and is concerned about retaliation against American troops in the Middle East.