President Obama called the death of Moammar Khaddafy a "momentous day in the history of Libya." Speaking from the White House, today the president addressed the ousted leader's dramatic demise and Libya's successful bid to end that regime.
"The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. And with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Khaddafy's dictatorship. We look forward to the announcement of the country's liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to Libya’s first free and fair elections," said Obama.
There are conflicting reports on who actually killed Khaddafy, and what went down in the moments before he was shot in the head.
NBC News learned a Predator drone fired a Hellfire missile on the dictator's 15-vehicle convoy, which led to him fleeing the scene. He was later found in a drainage ditch by rebel fighters near Sirte.
Disturbing video of his capture quickly hit the web. The video, taken by a bystander, shows a bloody and dazed-looking Khaddafy being dragged around by his hair. At this point, he was still alive. Later images show his lifeless body on the pavement.
He ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42-years. The 69-year-old is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring uprisings.