WBEZ | Anne Smedinghoff http://www.wbez.org/tags/anne-smedinghoff Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn mourns death of U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-mourns-death-us-diplomat-killed-afghanistan-106543 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he&rsquo;s mourning the death of a U.S. diplomat from Chicago&rsquo;s western suburbs.</p><p>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.</p><p>Quinn said Smedinghoff was brave and devoted to improving the lives of others.</p><p>&ldquo;She understood that social justice is why we&rsquo;re here on this Earth. That&rsquo;s why she was so far away in Afghanistan trying to help everyday people, especially children,&rdquo; Quinn said Sunday. &ldquo;So her loss is a loss for our whole world.&rdquo;</p><p>Quinn noted that Smedinghoff graduated from his alma mater, Fenwick High School.</p><p>Federal officials haven&rsquo;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&rsquo;s attack in Benghazi, Libya.</p></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-mourns-death-us-diplomat-killed-afghanistan-106543