Morsi supporters in Alexandria 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghan)
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - An American college student stabbed to
death during a protest in Egypt was in the country teaching English to children
and improving his Arabic, according to a Facebook post on Saturday that appeared
to be from his family.
According to the The Kenyon Collegian, the student newspaper, Pochter was active in Hillel, the campus’s center for Jewish life, and lived at the group’s on-campus house.
Andrew Pochter, 21, from Chevy Chase, Maryland,
died after being stabbed in the chest in the coastal city of Alexandria, where
anti-government protesters stormed an office of the ruling Muslim
It was not clear what Pochter was doing at the protest, but
Egyptian officials said he was carrying a small camera.
A statement on a
Facebook page entitled "R.I.P Andrew Driscoll Pochter", which appeared to have
been posted by his family, said Pochter had travelled to Alexandria for the
summer to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve
The page had also been posted on by colleagues of Pochter at
the US educational non-profit organization where he was working.
family statement read: "He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the
Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and
understanding." Pochter was looking forward to beginning his junior year at
Ohio's Kenyon College and had planned to study abroad in Jordan next spring,
according to the statement. He had also spent time in Morocco.
was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding
ways to share his talents while he learned," it said.
A statement from
Kenyon College said Pochter was interning in Alexandria with AMIDEAST, an
American non-profit organization that runs education and development programs in
the Middle East and North America.
A State Department spokeswoman
confirmed that Andrew Pochter was killed on Friday in Alexandria.
extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," Marie Harf said. Harf
said the US embassy in Cairo and the State Department's Bureau of Consular
Affairs were providing "appropriate consular assistance." The Muslim Brotherhood
said eight of its offices had been attacked on Friday, including the one in
Alexandria. Officials said more than 70 people had been injured in the clashes
in the city, adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies on Sunday aimed at
unseating President Mohamed Morsi.