Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff
Relatives of local people who died in the Sept. 11 attacks gathered today with elected officials at a memorial in Boston's Public Garden, laying white roses on the arc of reddish granite in remembrance of their lost loved ones.
A day after US troops killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks, in Pakistan, survivors found themselves in the grip of a swirl of emotions, from renewed grief to grim satisfaction over justice being done.
"I have a sense of relief that the man who murdered my mom can't do this to any more families," said Danielle Lemack, 39, of Belmont, whose mother, Judy Larocque of Framingham, was killed.
Family members came bearing pictures of the lost. Some wept during a moment of silence. The ceremony included the laying of 206 roses on the memorial, one for each person with Massachusetts ties killed in the attack.
"It's not over for them," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who was among the public officials attending, along with Governor Deval Patrick. "It will never be over for them."
Other family members, reached by telephone, sounded similar notes.
Elinor Stout, whose eldest son died Sept. 11, said that she watched President Obama deliver the news to the nation Sunday night, and nearly a decade of loss and grief rushed to the surface. She wept.
"We have waited so long for this," said Stout, whose son Tim was working in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. "It has been a long 10 years."
Terry Greene, whose brother Donald was killed aboard Flight 93, felt a rush of emotions upon hearing the news -- disbelief, disappointment and what she described as "black sadness'' from memories of Sept. 11.
Greene said that she knows the world is safer without bin Laden, but said she would have preferred it if he were captured and brought to trial.
"He's a shadowy, Dark Vader kind of evil,'' said Greene, who is a member of the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. "I would have loved to have [them] strip the mask away from him and see the small person that he really was.''
She added, "but now there is no body, there's no person to confront, and it's like the mythology will continue."
David DeConto, a 55-year-old from Sandwich whose brother died at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, said the news was bittersweet.
"There's relief that we finally got him," he said. "But it brings back all the old emotions, and it won't bring my brother back. And the war still goes on."
Because his brother was a career Navy officer, DeConto took satisfaction that Navy Seals were the ones to kill bin Laden.
Cindy McGinty, whose husband, Mike, was killed in the attacks, said she had wished for bin Laden's death for years, and the news brought a measure of relief. Yet it delivered more confusion than closure, she said.
"It's sort of a hollow feeling," she said. "I can't say it's brought the peace I had hoped for. It's not like this brings Mike back, and it's not like it really heals any hearts. For this, there really is no closure."
Stephanie Holland-Brodney, who lost her mother, Cora Holland, on Sept. 11, said she hoped bin Laden's death would help his victims rest in peace.
"When I heard, I thought, 'OK Mom, they got him,'" she said. "Justice was served. But the comfort is not for me, it's for her."
Yet nothing can change what happened, she said.
"Today's my mom's birthday, and I can't wish her happy birthday," she said. "Sunday is Mother's Day. And I won't be able to see her."
Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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