Osama Bin Laden Dead, 9/11 Family Members and Others Celebrate in Times Square

Monday, May 02, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Celebrators cheer and wave American flags in Times Square at the news of Osama Bin Laden's death. (Ben Brock Johnson/WNYC)

While a large gathering at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan featured cheers, tears, and even the popping of champagne, a somewhat smaller but still-jubilant gathering was happening in Times Square early in the morning.

A few hundred people, waving flags, chanting "USA" and even singing the song "Don't Stop Believing" by American power ballad band Journey packed into the middle of the street at 42nd, as onlookers and journalists on the periphery watched.

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Driver Amber Campbell, with mom in the back seat and a passenger friend, came to Times Square from Staten Island to celebrate. Her father is a firefighter. "We lost a lot of people on 9/11," she told The Takeaway. 

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George McAvoy, here with friend Jo Ann, told The Takeaway he lost his brother, a firefighter, in the 9/11 attacks. He was headed from Times Square to WTC to celebrate with other family, but said he had mixed feelings about the death of Osama Bin Laden. "I'm not a person who likes revenge," he said. 

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Celebrators in Times Square chanted "USA" and sang songs into the early morning.
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One young man waving a large flag and sporting an American flag handkerchief lead many of the cheers.
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More celebrators.
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Ahmed Abdul Hussein, an young man from Manhattan with Iraqi and Peruvian roots, said that the death of Osama Bin Laden was good news for Humanity, America, and "true Islam." 

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Kevin, left, came with two friends from Queens with an American flag tied to the trunk of their car. "It took us 10 years but we got him - not even 10 years. This is going to be a momentous occassion this 9-11. I mean look at the date. May one, one one. Symbolic or what?"

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As an apparently proud mother looked on, two girls held up signs celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden.
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Later in the celebration a solemn moment arrived as many lit candles.

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