Last night, I went to bed knowing that at least one member of our Foreign Service family had been killed in the attack on the consulate in Libya. Today I woke up to find out that it was four, not one and there are no words to describe how I feel. The Ambassador, as well as the IMO, Sean Smith and two other Americans were killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, on September 11, no less.
I did not know Chris Stevens, the Ambassador to Libya, personally. However, my friend Hannah, who is posted to Tripoli, has worked with him and knew him well. She recently penned this blog post about an event she attended with him. If you can, take a moment, click through and read about yet another FSO who gave his life for his country and truly loved what he was doing. Hannah also added a link in the comments below with more information about the Ambassador.
Diplopundit also posted today and included gave us an insight into Sean Smith's life. You can read it here. We are still waiting to hear about anyone else involved.
We are so sad today for this tragedy, and our Foreign Service family has been deeply affected. Please keep the families of these four heroes in your thoughts and prayers.
Note: I did not create the above image and cannot take credit. Thanks to the person who took the time to do so.