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Father of 9/11 Victim: Daughter's Legacy Lives

The father of a local 9/11 victim remembers his daughter on the day after Osama bin Laden was killed

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    On one hand, Tom Frost said he wants physical proof that Osama bin Laden is dead. On the other hand, he said that now, a decade later, it doesn't really matter.

    "I just still wish they would have brought the body back, instead of dumping it in the ocean like I heard that they did," said Frost, father of a 9/11 victim. "Losing my daughter is a lot more tragic and devastating to me than this man being brought to justice."

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    Lisa Frost was 22 years old, and had just graduated from Boston University. She was headed home aboard the United Airlines plane that struck the second tower of the World Trade Center.

    Her parents replicated the flight a year later in her honor.

    Tom Frost said the pain of it all has made he and his wife Melanie a statistic. They divorced last year.

    "I dealt with it very strongly; she couldn't," Frost said. "Everybody has to deal with it in our own way."

    Now Lisa's bedroom is filled with mementos, her diploma, a piece of the World Trade Center, and a picture of her crumpled United Airlines card.

    Her closet, however, is frozen in time.

    "Lisa's the last person to touch it," said Tom Frost. "We haven't disturbed that bottom shelf in 10 years."

    Tom Frost said every day he thinks about what his daughter would be like, wonders if she'd have her own family now.

    As for bin Laden, Frost is actually grateful he is dead, and that the memory of Sept. 11 will live on for 2,977 other families.

    "Things just keep happening, and it's so wonderful to see her legacy living on," said Frost.