Bellefonte couple's family in Brussels at time of attack


BELLEFONTE -- It's a phone call no parent wants to receive.

"Whenever we get a phone call from our daughter in Brussels, we know it's not good news," says Susan Reighard.

Her husband, Charles, echoes those words.

"Getting a phone call that early in the morning, being a parent, we want to go to their rescue."

The call came in just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. in Belgium's capital. The Reighard's son-in-law is in the Army so their daughter and grandchildren are all living there, about six miles away from where the bomb went off at the Brussels Airport. All of their family members are safe.

"The safety at the airport is a big concern," says Charles. "Since we're in there so much, that area is very congested."

Susan and Charles travel to Belgium often to visit their family. They remember that airport specifically making them feel on edge.

"Brussels Airport and most airports are soft targets," comments Susan. "You can't see any kind of security until you get into the bowels, like I say, of the airport."

Both Susan and Charles remember there being a lot of open space at this airport. Susan says they know exactly where it is that the bomb went off. A memory, she says, that makes them feel uneasy now.

While it's a huge relief their family is okay, Susan says she's not surprised ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack, adding this is a reminder that something needs to be done.

"This just can't go on. The answer has to come, in my opinion, through the Muslim community. And until that happens, I think this is just going to be the way it's going to be."

The Reighard's add this is a fight terrorism can't and won't win.

"That's exactly what terrorism is supposed to do. It's to change our way of life," says Susan. "ISIS, Al Qaeda, I don't care who they are. They're not going to keep me from my grandchildren."

Charles and Susan are going back to Brussels to visit their family in August.

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