News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, May 3, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga.---The 9/11 tragedy and Osama bin Laden's death hits close to home in the Augusta mayor's office.
"It is probably the reason why we live here now," said Karyn Nixon, the mayor's executive assistant. "The world got very scary at that point in time, and I was at the end of Long Island with two little babies. I decided it was time to come home."
Nixon calls the news of Osama bin Laden's death bitter-sweet. Her husband worked on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center up until 1998. They lost many friends in the tragedy that was led by Osama bin Laden.
"And to have it all come back in your face as it did Sunday night," said Nixon. "I was sound asleep. My husband woke me up to tell me that it had happened. There is a feeling of retribution for the victims, but there is also a feeling of sadness."
"I would just say to the citizens of Augusta," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. "Continue to pray for all of the victims. Continue to remember that we are a great country. It should not take tragedy to bring us all together."
The city of Augusta raised more than $1 million for the victims of 9/11.