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Re-opening wounds of the heart

HORICON-While citizens of various countries celebrated the May 1 death of Osama bin Laden, Patricia Frasco of Horicon was more reflective about the killing of the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans.

It was 3,520 days ago that Frasco's brother - Michael Iken, a handsome, happy-go-lucky bond broker - was killed when the second terrorist-piloted airplane plowed through his company's trading office on the 84th Floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower in New York City.

"The death of Osama bin Laden does not bring the peace to me that people might think it would," she said Monday. "My brother's still gone, there's nothing that will bring him back, and bin Laden, this personification of evil, got to live on 10 years longer than my brother did."

For years, Frasco has been grieving the loss of her brother, whom she raised from infancy - beginning with changing his diapers, helping teach him to talk and walk, and later watching him, with joy and pride, grow into an adult.

"As a Christian, I know I shouldn't be reveling that this guy is dead, but in a way I am, and I know I'll have to atone for it," Frasco said.

Frasco's son, Brad - who 24 hours after the attack dug through the smoldering wreckage at Ground Zero, fruitlessly searching for any clues of the uncle who was like a brother to him - was one of those celebrating Monday, Patricia Frasco said.

"He's ecstatic - the uncle he was so close to - his death is now avenged," she said.

Years after the attack, Brad Frasco was moved by a sense of patriotism to serve in the U.S. military. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as a member of the Army National Guard, Frasco said, reflecting again on bin Laden's death.

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