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WILLIAMSBURG -- The death of Osama bin Laden was the hot topic of discussion Monday. Discussions are taking place in homes, offices, and on college campuses across the country.

Ruth Hedberg, a sophomore at the College of William and Mary was alerted to news Osama bin Laden's death on Facebook.

'I had a sense of relief it was something that needed to happen,' said Hedberg.

Even though students at William and Mary are studying for final exams, news of bin Laden's death was a hot topic all over campus.

'My parents are Republican and I was kind of hoping that they would think more highly of Obama after this,' said junior Nick Carrier. 'I am more concerned about retaliation then anything.'

Nina Cavazos was in middle school when the al-Qaeda leader ordered the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

'I was not happy over his death, which I found weird, that somehow I am not relieved either. I don't think it is going to change anything,' said Cavazos.

No matter how people feel, international criminal law professor Linda Malone says this is a defining moment for Obama's presidency.

'In terms of elections and political consequences, it makes him look extremely presidential at a time when many of his opponents do not look so presidential.'

And even with the CIA's most-wanted now dead, Malone and others realize the fight against terrorism is far from over.

'Fanaticism does not really need a reason for violence. It's just the world that we live in.'

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