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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Osama Bin Laden's death brought back memories of the 9-11 attacks for all of us. Those memories remain especially vivid for people who lost loved ones.

Angela Warren was teaching school in Baker County on September 11, 2001. Hundreds of miles away in New York City her cousin, 37-year-old Paul Furmato, was working in his office on the 104th floor of the North tower. 

"I was in my classroom and some students came in and said, Mrs. Warren have you heard what happened? I said what are you talking about? They said something happened in New York and I didn't know," Warren said.

Little did she know at the time her cousin was inside the burning tower she watched crumble to ground on live television.

"Lines were down all over, and lines were busy. Finally my mother got in touch with us and said we don't know much, but we think Paul was in the building that went down," Warren said.

The husband and father of three died along with dozens of other co-workers in the Cantor Fitzgerald offices. His remains were never found. The man most responsible for the attack remained free, until the news came Sunday night that Bin Laden was dead.

While people celebrated around the world, some who lost loved ones in the attacks say it's hard to see Bin Laden's death as absolute closure.

"I don't know if it's closure so much because there's still people out there who had a hand in it. And until all that is done, I don't know if anyone will have closure," Warren said.

She says one thing that could help some find closure is by allowing the family of the 9-11 victims to see the picture of Bin Laden's body.

Paul Furmato was a vice president at investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

He was set to move into a new office in New Jersey just two weeks after the attacks.

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