Kerry to visit family of US diplomat killed in Afghanistan

April 15, 2013 09:50


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TOKYO- US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he will go to Chicago on his return from a 10-day overseas tour to visit the family of a young diplomat who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed along with four other Americans in a car bomb blast on April 6 as their convoy traveled in the southern province of Zabul to deliver textbooks to school children. Her parents live near Chicago.

"Everybody understands and feels that kind of a loss," Kerry told employees at the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, before leaving for home.

"Twenty-five year old young woman, full of idealism, full of hopes, taking books to children in a school so they could learn. And wiped out by terrorism, by the worst kind of nihilism."

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