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9/11 survivor relieved by Bin Laden's death

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Indianapolis - The 9/11 attack on the United States was nearly 10 years ago. Eyewitness News reporter Sandra Chapman talked with an Indianapolis man who was working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center that day when it came under attack.

In the nick of time, insurance claim specialist, Terry Fuqua, ran out of a darkened stairwell in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before it, and life as he knew it, came crashing down.

A special ops unit captured and killed the mastermind behind it all Sunday night, giving Fuqua and thousands of other Americans what they've wanted all along. Osama Bin Laden.

"Justice has been done," said President Obama.

Fuqua isn't celebrating, though. He can still feel the emptiness.

"It's almost as if death is still not enough," Fuqua said. "I wish the guy could die a thousand deaths."

Fuqua is remembering the 3,000 American lives lost and his own fight to overcome the demons of survivor's guilt, depression and anger. The sound of sirens and haunting images can still take him captive.

"When I see an image of the towers on TV or just smelling jet fuel," Fuqua said, "cause that's what I smelled trying to get out of that tower."

Fuqua said the beginning of his healing came with forgiveness for the hijackers but it was counseling and his family that saw him through.

"The love we had for another, our children and girls," said his wife, Jeanne. "Definitely our faith got us through it. Terry survived, he's a survivor, and then to follow his example that we were not going to let something like this to tear our family apart."

Now, as Fuqua wraps his mind around a world without Osama Bin Laden, he doesn't deny what he feels deep within.

"It's like hating Satan, it's easy to do," he said. "Even though they got rid of him physically, he's still a legacy, has a pretty good sized foot print as far as other followers of Al Quaida or other terrorists to follow. Unfortunately, we can't get rid of that."

Terry and Jeanne Fuqua told Eyewitness News that they are proud of the president and the special ops team for getting the job done. They said that they hope Americans will not let their guards down and call the extra security at airports and other venues nothing compared to the terror they lived through.

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