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Osama bin Laden death: 'I'm going to be partying a lot harder,' Afghanistan veteran says at Stagecoach

May 1, 2011 |  9:56 pm

Celebration at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio.

At the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Army Sgt. Kenny Gordon applauded the news of Osama bin Laden's death.  Having just served for seven months in Afghanistan, he said, "It's a good thing. He did a lot of damage to a lot of people."

"I'm going to be partying a lot harder than I would have, because we got him. I'm stoked," he added.

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In Echo Park, Bob Hastings, who was retrieving laundry from a Sunset Boulevard laundromat on Sunday night, grinned and offered two thumbs up when asked about Bin Laden.

"I don't wish that on anybody, may God have mercy on his soul," he said. "But I do believe there is evil in this world, and that we do need to rid evil from this world."


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-- Randy Lewis in Indio and David Zahniser in Echo Park

Photo: U.S. Marine Capt. Paul Krumenacker, center, and other festivalgoers celebrate after learning of the death of Osama bin Laden at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images