Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and United States Congressional Representative to the United Nations released the following statement regarding the announcement that Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, has died.
"I hope that al-Megrahi's death will provide some level of closure for the families of the victims. However, the fight for justice will continue and the tragedy he caused will never be forgotten.
"We must never forget the innocent victims who were killed on Flight 103, nor the families that they left behind. Let us use their memory to remind us to remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism."
Pan American Airways Flight 103 departed London Heathrow Airport for John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on December 21, 1988. The flight would never reach its destination as a bomb exploded on the aircraft killing its 259 passengers and crew, along with 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie Scotland.
Among the passengers killed were 189 Americans, including 37 people from Congresswoman Buerkle's district; a couple from the Town of Clay and 35 Syracuse University students returning home from Christmas after a semester abroad in London.
Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of blowing up the plane. He was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 because he had cancer and was expected to live only a few months.