Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon April 8, 2013
Gov. Quinn mourns the death of US diplomat
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s mourning the death of a U-S diplomat from Chicago’s western suburbs. 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff died Saturday in Afghanistan when the group she was traveling with was attacked by a suicide car bomber. The group was on its way to donate textbooks to students.
Quinn says Smedinghoff was brave and devoted to improving the lives of others.
“She understood that social justice is why we’re here on this Earth. That’s why she was so far away in Afghanistan trying to help everyday people, especially children. So her loss is a loss for our whole world,” says Quinn.
Quinn noted that Smedinghoff graduated from his alma mater - Fenwick High School. Federal officials haven’t released the names of the four others killed in the attack that killed Smedinghoff. She is the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.