Families Remember Lockerbie, 20 Years Later

Convicted bomber still maintains innocence
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2008 11:11 AM CST
A member of the public look's at the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of the Pan Am flight 103 bombing in the garden of remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, Scotland.   (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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(Newser) – Mourners on both sides of the pond are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie airliner bombing, CNN reports. Families and friends gathered today at Arlington National Cemetery and at New York’s Syracuse University, which lost 35 students in the Pan Am explosion over the Scottish town. Mourners in Scotland laid a wreath at a permanent memorial.

Relatives and former Pan Am employees mourned at London’s Heathrow airport, where the fatal flight began. The convicted bomber, a former Libyan official now suffering from advanced prostate cancer, still maintains his innocence. Libya’s leader has accepted responsibility for the bombing and paid more than $500 million to victims’ families to repair diplomatic relations with the US.