Quinn mourns death of U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan

April 8, 2013

The Associated Press and Tony Arnold

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s mourning the death of a U.S. diplomat from Chicago’s western suburbs.

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, 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 said 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,” Quinn said Sunday. “So her loss is a loss for our whole world.”

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.