Murdered Peace Corps Volunteer Identified

By Kate Barrett

Mar 13, 2009 5:51pm

ABC News’ Kirit Radia Reports: Today the Peace Corps identified the victim of this week’s tragedy in west Africa as 24-year-old Catherine "Kate" Puzey of Cumming, Ga.

Puzey was found dead outside her home Thursday in a small village in the western African nation of Benin. There is still official no word on the circumstances of her death, though officials say it appears she had been murdered.

Puzey had been a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin since July 17, 2007, almost two years ago. She was an English teacher in the small village of Badjoude, about six hours north of Benin’s capital by car. A memorial for her will be held in the capital city of Conotou on Monday.

"Kate was an exemplary member of the Peace Corps family whose dedicated work as a secondary English teacher in a rural public school in Badjoude, Benin, contributed greatly to the lives of the Beninese citizens. Kate’s life and work spoke volumes about the kind of dedication she had to her service as a Volunteer, and the U.S. Peace Corps is greatly saddened by her loss. Our condolences go out to her family and loved ones at this time," Peace Corps Acting Director Jody K. Olsen said in a statement.

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