Mother of dead soldier reacts to bin Laden’s death |

Mother of dead soldier reacts to bin Laden’s death

Annie Flanzraich

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – When she first heard the news about Osama bin Laden’s death, Patty Smith thought back to a day in April 2008 when there was a knock on her door.

Her son, U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy Michael Smith, was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving as the lead unit in a patrol in Baghdad April 7, 2008. He was 25.

“I miss him every day,” Smith said.

Smith said she feels vindicated knowing that bin Laden is dead.

“I feel that justice has been served for the death of my son,” she said.

Osama bin Laden – the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and many others on innocent people around the world – was shot and killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in a compound 35 miles north of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

While she is glad that bin Laden was found and killed, Smith said she worries about how American troops will be impacted by his death.

“Now I think we are even in more danger because there is going to be recourse and our military is going to be a target,” she said.

But most of all, she hopes that his death will help bring more American soldiers home sooner.

“Killing him won’t bring my son back, but hopefully it will help other families from losing their sons and daughters and husbands and wives,” she said.

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