ARLINGTON, Va. — Thursday marked the 29th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 270 people on board were killed including two West Virginia natives.
Valerie Canady, 25, a Morgantown native, and Harry Bainbridge, 34, a Fairmont native, were on their way home for Christmas like many of the other passengers when the bombing occurred on Dec. 21, 1988.
At the time, the bombing was the deadliest terrorist attack on American civilians in U.S. history, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a Thursday ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
“Two hundred and seventy innocent people from 22 countries were targeted for death by state-sponsored terrorists,” Sessions said. “One hundred and eighty-nine were Americans traveling home for Christmas.”
Canady worked as an accountant in London for the Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. She was coming home to Morgantown for Christmas. Bainbridge was an attorney for PepsiCo. He was returning home to New York after a business trip to Rome.
Sessions made a pledge Thursday to the families of the victims to bring those responsible for the attack to justice.
“Our investigators and prosecutors meet regularly in the United States, in Scotland and elsewhere to advance the case,” Sessions said.
A former Libyan intelligence officer was convicted in 2001 for planning the attack but authorities continue to seek two Libyan suspects.