Relief, joy and satisfaction were among the many emotions that swept over Americans Sunday night after they learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by American special forces.
People gathered at the site of the World Trade Center, in front of the White House and at other places across the country to celebrate the death of the Al Qaeda chief during the raid at a luxury mansion in Pakistan.
"We've been waiting a long time for this day," New Yorker Lisa Ramaci, told the Associated Press. Her husband was a freelance journalist who died in Iraq.
"I think it's a relief for New York tonight just in the sense that we had this 10 years of frustration just building and building, wanting this guy dead, and now he is, and you can see how happy people are," Ramaci said.
For people who lost loved ones on 9/11, sadness mixed with the welcome news of bin Laden's death.
"I texted a friend of mine who's a firefighter who lost a brother on 9/11, and he said the pain will never go away," Stephanie Zessos, who works for the New York City fire department, told the AP.
This is "important news for us, and for the world," said Gordon Felt, president of an organization for families of people who died when United Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11.
In a statement, Felt said bin Laden's death "cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones," but does provide "a measure of comfort," the AP reported.