Zacarias Moussaoui was formally sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Family members of the victims discuss their reactions to the trial and the verdict.
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Family members of the 9/11 victims played a key role in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. Rosemary Dillard lost her husband on the day of the terrorist attack; Abraham Scott lost his wife. Both spoke at today's sentencing.
Carie Lemack lost her mother. She watched most of the trial with other family members on closed-circuit TV in Boston.
And let me welcome you all and begin by getting your reaction to today's sentencing — Carie Lemack?
Well, I have to tell Rosemary and Abe, that, in Boston, we clapped when you spoke, and we were so proud to have you represent us there. And I know it took a lot of courage for you to do that.
But for us in Boston, I think we felt a sense of relief that it's over. Today was the last day we have to go to the court, the last day we have to hear from Mr. Moussaoui. And as Rosemary said, we hope that we never see his name in headlines after tomorrow.
Because at the end of the day, the best way to honor my mom and to honor our loved ones is to make sure that what happened to them never happens again. And we don't want to have to do that by focusing on Zacarias Moussaoui; we'd rather do that by focusing on capturing the real villains of 9/11.
Abraham Scott, did you share that sense of relief?
Yes, my sentiment, also. I feel like there was not a major chapter, but a chapter that has closed on the event of 9/11; positive, not in my favor, but it was a positive closure in that particular chapter.
Now, it's time for us to move on and, attempt to get our lives together, and do things positive to make something real good come out of this evil tragedy, in terms of doing things to keep their memory alive and also doing things to upkeep, bring our young ones up to make sure that they get their education, in terms of providing scholarships for them. And that's one of the things that I'm doing right now in honor of my wife.