Bin Laden death ‘won’t bring closure’

Norman Thompson whos son Nigel who died in the twin tower attacks on September 11th 2001
Norman Thompson whos son Nigel who died in the twin tower attacks on September 11th 2001

THE father of a Sheffield man who died in the September 11 attacks in New York has welcomed the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden but said it could not bring him or his family closure.

Nigel Thompson, who worked as a stockbroker with Cantor Fitzgerald, died aged 33 when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in terrorist attacks masterminded by the world’s most wanted man.

His father, Norman Thompson, who lives with wife Pat in Fulwood, said bin Laden’s death was good news but it did not change their everyday reality of life without their son.

“I’m pleased, definitely,” he said. “But it doesn’t bring our son back – we’ve lost him. People talk of closure. There’s no such thing as closure because we have it every day. We have a lifetime of grieving.

“This is an evil man who has met with justice but there is certainly no closure. It’s an everyday trial for us.”

His wife added: “Yes we are glad he is dead but we do not feel like jumping up and down. It does not make much difference to us. Our son is still dead. That’s a thing we have to deal with every day, thanks to him.”

Mr Thompson said he hoped the impact of bin Laden’s death would improve the situation in terms of the potential for future terrorist attacks.

But he added: “I hope it lets things lie a bit but we don’t know really, do we? It might get worse, there might be someone else ready to get into his position but we just have to wait and see.”