Local Family Reacts to Bin Laden's Death

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - A little bit of peace. That's what one west Texas family is feeling after news of Osama Bin Laden's death. The Bevel family lost their son a few years ago in the War on Terror. But they know the fight is far from over and they have another son, still fighting on the front lines.

This has been a tough few weeks for the Bevel family, they say they are reliving the death of their son over and over.

First on the anniversary of Ray's death April 21, then days later, with the death of John Paul Castro, another soldier from Andrews. Finally, on Sunday night when news broke that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.

"It's been a long time coming," Jerry Bevel, father of Ray Bevel, said.

Five years ago, Jerry Bevel lost his son fighting overseas. Ray Bevel stepped on a mine and was killed instantly.

"They were on their way back, several hundred yards west of their base when he stepped on it. They left on the same trail they came back on, it wasn't there, someone came in right behind them as they left and came in, buried it and he stepped on it," Bevel said.

The news of Bin Laden's death has given him and his family peace of mind along with some sad memories.

"I'm glad we got him, glad we got him the way we did. It's a big deal, I can understand people out celebrating. It's a big prideful moment, we actually went in and did something like this, showed a sign of strength," Bevel said.

Jerry knows that if his son were alive he would be just as relieved as the rest of the country.

"Knowing Ray, he'd love it," Bevel said.

Jerry says the death of Bin Laden makes him feel like his son's life was part of a greater cause.

"It makes us feel like he didn't die in vain, even though, when we brought him home Andrews made it seem like he didn't die in vain and honored him when they brought him home," Bevel said.

Jerry, who's family is still serving overseas, says now is not the time to give up the fight.

"I lost a son a son in Iraq and I have one there right now but I still think we have to stay and win. I don't think we can win the war if we fight it on American soil," Bevel said.

The Bevel family has not had a chance to speak to their other son overseas. But they hope to do so within the coming weeks. The Bevel family will continue to support the troops and hope that Al Qaeda is brought down soon.