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An American national who lost both her husband and daughter in the 26/11 terror attacks said the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab has removed an "irritant" from the city of Mumbai which will now be able to move on in peace.
Kia Scherr had lost her husband Alan and daughter Naomi when the Pakistani terrorists attacked the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai in the November 2008 attacks.
Scherr's husband was shot at the back of the head and died instantly while her 13-year-old daughter was shot multiple times and bled to death.
"In this case, in this city, under these circumstances, this is the most appropriate consequence. It will help the city to move on in peace," Scherr who has made Mumbai her second home over the past two years, said.
Scherr said while justice can never be fully restored in this case, "a part of it has been laid to rest".
"Now let us be the peace we wish to see in the world. True justice is restored when we join together as one unified whole to live in peace, compassion and love. An irritant has been removed from the city of Mumbai - an unfinished chapter to the 26/11 tragedy," she said.
Scherr said she had been informed that a peace march would be held in Mumbai from three of the locations targetted in the 26/11 attacks to the Gateway of India.
Thousands of students are expected to walk for peace on November 25, a day before India marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly terror attacks that killed over 160 people, including foreigners, during the three days that Mumbai was held hostage by Kasab and nine other Pakistani gunmen.
Scherr had also written a letter to Kasab, who was lodged in Mumbai's Arthur jail, in which she said, "Life as I knew it ended when my husband and daughter were killed. Just like that, a family is no more, and so a part of me died along with them.