Local family cheers Gadhafi's death after losing father in Lockerbie bombing

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX -- Reaction to Moammar Gadhafi's death is pouring in from all across the globe, and not just from world leaders.

Tonight, many Americans directly impacted by Gadhafi's actions are speaking out, including the family of a Valley father killed in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.

“I just never thought this day would come and I'm just very happy it has.” Maria Marengo's husband, Lou, was one of 270 killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am flight 103, a bombing believed to have been ordered by the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

“An innocent good hard working man was taken in an instant," Maria said.

Maria and Lou were married 11 years and three children were 8, 7 and 6 months old at the time of their dad's death.

“They were robbed of their father who loved them,” Maria said.

And it is impossible to understand why.

“There were points I was very angry and wanted justice,” said Anthony Marengo, now 31. Anthony was just 8 years old when his dad was killed and now, 24 years later, he's learned that his father’s killer is dead. He doesn't quite know how to feel.

“I'm having a full range of emotions all sorts of different thoughts.”

This day is a long time coming and honestly long overdue for the families of those killed Dec. 21, 1988.

“I think I found my closure long before this day mostly because I never thought it was going to happen,” Anthony said.

Still this day has great meaning for many.

“There's a lot of people who have suffered other than the 270 families and especially people in his country," he said. "Hopefully they have better quality of life now.”

The Marengo family gives a lot of credit to the people of Libya. After all their uprising has culminated in Gadhafi's death and a day that has brought many people relief.

“As far as I'm concerned there will never be justice but at least there is a feeling of having some peace,” Maria said

The Marengo family is not naive. They know all terror does not die with Gadhafi, but they also know the world is better off with him gone and now there is no concern of him someday returning to power.