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Bay Area Shares Feelings About Osama Bin Laden’s Death

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Osama bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location on Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Al Jazeera)

Osama bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location on Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Al Jazeera)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area commuters reacted to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death with happiness on Monday, but some worried about the possibility of retribution locally and nationwide.

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Letitia Moore, who rode Bay Area Rapid Transit to San Francisco from the East Bay, said she was concerned.

“This may be good news, but it doesn’t end terror,” she said.

On her BART ride into San Francisco, Moore said she noticed the presence of BART police officers but said things weren’t too different from an ordinary morning commute.

Robert Blaisdell, a resident of San Francisco’s South of Market District and a student at the Art Institute of California, said he was very happy when he saw the news on Facebook Sunday night.

“It symbolizes some type of victory,” he said. “It’s symbolic of justice.”

San Bruno resident Elizabeth Caceres, 76, said she was excited to hear that bin Laden had been killed.

“I was like, ‘Wow, thank God’,” she said.

Caceres said she was not usually one to celebrate death, but added that she was especially glad to learn of bin Laden’s demise because her daughter had been living near the World Trade Center in New York during the Sept. 11 attack.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

Caceres said she felt nervous riding BART because of the chance of retribution.

Despite her nerves, Caceres said she has to just keep living.

“If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen,” she said.

BART and San Francisco’s Muni transit system increased security and were on a high-risk alert Monday. The San Francisco Police Department also was on heightened alert, although state and local officials said there were no credible terror threats at present.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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