CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – The word on the fate of Muammar Qaddafi (see related story) was being greeted with muted satisfaction today by the South Jersey family of one of the victims of Pan Am flight 103 — an airliner blown up over Scotland on orders of Qaddafi in 1988.
Rick Monetti was coming home from a college semester overseas when he lost his life on that flight. His parents have been battling ever since for justice, and for the truth about what happened.
Today in Cherry Hill, Eileen Monetti, Rick’s mother, was not exactly celebrating over word of Qaddafi’s death.
“If it brought back my son, I’d be really jumping for joy, but that isn’t the case,” she told KYW Newsradio this morning. “I’m happy for the Libyan people. I’m happy for the world. I’m happy for us as somebody who sees a horrible person taken out of power.”
Eileen Monetti says she’s encouraged that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is continuing to press the transitional government over the case and over the lone person convicted in the bombing, now living in Libya.
Monetti also believes there are still unanswered questions, like who made the bomb and whether any other countries might have been involved.
Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060