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Families Of September 11th Victims Join Crowd By WTC Site

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Crowds flocked to the World Trade Center site as news of terrorist Osama Bin Laden's death broke, and stayed by the site of the September 11th attack until sunrise. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

On the surface, the early Monday revelry at the World Trade Center site seemed like a party, but behind the shouts and elation at the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were plenty of people still holding onto serious pain from the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Dianne Massaroli lost her husband, Cantor Fitzgerald employee Michael Massaroli, on September 11, 2001. She came to Lower Manhattan with a U.S. flag and her husband's portrait in her hands.

"I had to come. Wide awake, beaming, we had to come," said Massaroli. "Everyboy’s so supportive. This is why I carry my husband’s picture, because I don’t want anyone to ever forget him."

Ricky Rubenfeld also came with a U.S. flag, to remember her cousin, whose remains were found two weeks after the attacks.

"We’re here not only to commemorate his death but to celebrate this amazing victory," she said. "It’s a sense of relief and a sense of justice that [this] brought for our family. For all of the pain and the suffering that my cousin and his wife and his daughters and my father and the rest of the family endured."

Denise Villamia met her fiancé volunteering in the relief effort at the World Trade Center site. Now, they both suffer from related health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"there’s good days and bad days mostly bad days," said Villamia. "Today, when I heard the news, I felt as if this heavy weight sort of lifted from me."

Katie McAvoy lost her father, firefighter John McAvoy, on September 11th, when she was just barely a teenager.

"Justice has been served," she said. "I think he would hopefully feel satisfied."

The older brothers of John McAvoy and Katie McAvoy both expressed hope that bin Laden's death will help to bring about peace. They, along with most of those gathered at the World Trade Center, dispersed before the sun came up and the new day began. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP