Families of fallen East TN military react to bin Laden's death

11:34 PM, May 2, 2011   |    comments
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Army Spc. Jason Hovater

Families of fallen East Tennessee members of the military share their thoughts about Monday's deadly attack in Pakistan that left terrorist Osama bin Laden dead.

"He would be happy that the mission was accomplished, but I know that it would be bitter-sweet for him because how can you be happy over a loss of another human," said Jessica Davis.  Her brother, Army Spc. Jason Hovater, was killed in one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in 2008.

Davis also said Bin Laden's death is a "victory for U.S. military." She's comforted that he didn't die in an air attack.

"It's such a good feeling to know that it was actually boots on the ground that accomplished this mission," said Davis.

Bernice Koprince sees Monday's deadly mission as a partial victory.  Her son, Lance Corporal William Koprince joined the Marines in 2002 in response to Al Qaeda's attack's on 9/11.  He was killed by an I-E-D in Iraq in 2006.

"I don't share joy. I share that my son didn't die for nothing," said Koprince, "There's another snake, and I'm also concerned for our military."

Both Koprince and Davis said the War on Terror isn't over just because Osama Bin Laden is dead. 

"When you lose somebody that you love so much, there really can never be any kind of closure, but this brings comfort," said Davis.

Both families hope that Osama Bin Laden's death doesn't mean the world will forget the sacrifices their son and brother made to keep America safe.

Jaon Hovater will posthumously be awarded the Silver Star later this month.


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