Locals React to Las Cruces-Born al-Qaeda Terrorist's Death
POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011 - 5:29pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 1:01pm
Las Cruces- The American born terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed. It was a missile attack that hit the car Anwar al-Awlaki was travelling in.
Al-Awliki was born in Las Cruces in 1970, the son of an NMSU professor at the time. He left Las Cruces as a boy for Yemen. He returned to the U.S to attend college in Colorado. Al-Awlaki was the terrorist behind several deadly attacks against U.S troops and other American citizens.
On Friday, the city of Las Cruces was reacting to the news of his death.
Christopher Gomez is a 22 year veteran of the United States Army. After being deployed four different times during his career, he knows exactly what our service men and women overseas are feeling about the news that U.S. forces have killed Al-Alaki .
"Your there for a purpose, but when something like this happens, it just gives you a greater sense of accomplishment while you are there,” said Gomez.
Gomez says the fact that Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces shouldn't reflect the good nature of the community.
"You can have individuals from this walk of life from everywhere. It’s just not as close to home, but he is gone and it is a great day for America in general,” said Gomez.
"I don't think it has anything to do with the town you are from. I think it has to do with the person themselves, and who they are,” said Las cruces resident Lance Moore.
"A lot of people come from different places to go to school here, and people who were raised from around the world, like from china and stuff. I don't think that it is fair that Las Cruces would get their name bad because of one person,” said NMSU student Naomi Samaniego.
Others hope Las Cruces can move on from their most notorious former resident.
"Well now I just believe that Las Cruces can just rest and not don't have to think about these issues anymore,” said Las Cruces resident Manny Crespin.
Gomez says Friday’s strike by the U.S makes him proud to serve.
"It’s definitely a step in the right direction, and hopefully we can continue on this path, and continue to rid the world of this and get our troops home. The sooner the better,” said Gomez.
Al-awlaki's father, the former professor at NMSU, had pleaded with the U.S. State Department to spare his son from an attack. The Al-Quada leader survived a missile attack earlier this year.