Parents of woman killed in Afghanistan: ‘We are consoled knowing that she was doing what she loved’
Sun-Times Staff Report April 6, 2013 11:02PM
Updated: April 6, 2013 11:05PM
A young female diplomat from the Chicago area was one of six Americans killed by militants in Afghanistan, her parents confirmed to the Washington Post Saturday.
Efforts to reach relatives of 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff were unsuccessful Saturday, but her parents, Tom and Mary Beth, confirmed to the Washington Post that their daughter was one of the victims.
Their statement read:
The world lost a truly beautiful soul today. Our daughter, Anne, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, died in the service of her country as she was traveling with a group to deliver books to a local school in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan. She joined the Foreign Service three years ago right out of college and there was no better place for her. Anne absolutely loved the work she was doing. Her first assignment was in Caracas, Venezuela. She then volunteered for an assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which she began in July, 2012. Working as a public diplomacy officer, she particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people and was always looking for opportunities to reach out and help to make a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war. We are consoled knowing that she was doing what she loved, and that she was serving her country by helping to make a positive difference in the world. She was such a wonderful woman--strong, intelligent, independent, and loving. Annie, you left us too soon; we love you and we’re going to miss you so much.