Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria

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There was an immediate outpouring of grief from fellow journalists after news of the deaths. A close friend of Colvin's for more than two decades, ABC News Middle East producer Nasser Atta remembered her unrelenting dedication to the story.

"She always believed that the people are the real heroes and her mission was to cover those people," Atta said. "She was always in the middle of it, whether it was Gaza, Beirut, Baghdad, Cairo or anywhere else."

"She had only one loyalty in her entire life and that was to transfer what she saw into words …i t was always sharp and powerful."

ABC News' Christiane Amanpour, who exclusively interviewed the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi alongside Colvin last February, called the loss of Colvin "agonizing."

"A veteran, a lioness who came back from being wounded in Sri Lanka," Amanpour said. "She seemed indestructible; she was brave and committed beyond words."

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