Young US Diplomat Killed Delivering Books to School

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was sent by State Department to deliver children?s books in Afghanistan.
1:57 | 04/07/13

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Are learning more this evening about the Americans killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan one of them a young woman a diplomat. Who grew up in Illinois. Her name his -- -- awfully young State Department press officer and she was on the way to deliver books to Afghan children -- -- -- attack killing -- four other Americans. Her heartbroken parents tonight saying she died doing what she loved making a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war. ABC's -- Leland new hand from his reporting in the region and he reports now on her mission cut short. 25 year old -- -- off was a rising star in the State Department. Killed by a suicide bomber while she was delivering school books to needy Afghan children. Want to emphasize that and was everything that is right. About our foreign service. She was Smart and capable committed to our country -- it's. Tied her home in Chicago memorial ribbons -- line the streets her heart -- father speaking to ABC news late this afternoon. We just could not be more proud of her -- he has gotten. The end you know what she was trying to do she -- to achieve she took it around. She was afraid she really -- some wonderful kinds. As a press office or snow heading off worked with us bringing stories of hope to ABC news viewers and who come in and didn't -- in the -- This is heard just two months ago preparing an Afghan children's orchestra for their first ever trip to America. You're not nervous and it's Carnegie Hall that we later featured them when they performed to was sold out crowd. For their children a dream come true. All thinks this -- dogs hard work behind the scenes. -- on a personal note the last time I spoke to her she told me how hopeful she was for Afghanistan's future. Future that she has now paid for with her own life.

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