CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn said a U.S. diplomat killed in Afghanistan was brave and devoted to protecting American and improving the lives of others.
Anne Smedinghoff was a 25-year-old foreign service officer from suburban Chicago. She died Saturday when the group she was traveling with was struck by an explosion. They were en route to donate textbooks to students.
She is the first American diplomat to die on the job since last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya. Federal officials haven’t released the names of the four others killed.
Smedinghoff grew up in River Forest. She attended the selective Fenwick High School, which is also the governor’s alma mater.
In a statement Sunday, Quinn says that Smedinghoff “selflessly lost her life while serving others” overseas.