"Measure of comfort" for 9/11 victim's brother

Gordon W. Felt, president of Families of Flight 93 takes the podium on the ninth anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2010 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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PHILADELPHIA - The brother of a man who lost his life on the airliner that crashed in western Pennsylvania on September 11 says he'd always feared that he'd never know Osama bin Laden had died.

Gordon Felt says there's a sense of closure in the death of the man who masterminded the hijacking of Flight 93 and three other airliners in the devastating attacks nearly 10 years ago.

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"This is important news for us, and for the world. It cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones," said Felt in a written statement. "It does bring a measure of comfort that the mastermind of the September 11th tragedy and the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil."

Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93, said he was always feared bin Laden's passing would somehow take place without the outside world knowing. He says it is reassuring to know the military was able to kill the al Qaeda chief and recover his body.

Felt's brother, Edward, was one of 33 passengers killed when the hijacked flight crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.