Brother of Uganda Bombing Victim Nate Henn in Plane Crash

Nate Henn worked with former child soldiers in Uganda when bombers struck.

July 12, 2010, 12:31 PM

July 12, 2010— -- It was a day of double tragedy for one Delaware family when they got news that Nate Henn was killed by a terrorist bomb in Uganda, and then his brother Kyle was in a plane crash while hurrying home to be with the grieving family.

Nate Henn, 25, of Wilmington, died on a rugby field where crowds had gathered to watch the World Cup final. Five other Americans were wounded in twin terror attacks on Sunday.

Kyle Henn was aboard a small plane trying to rejoin his family when it crashed today at Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill, N.C., according to ABC News affiliate WTVD.

The station reported that the pilot of the plane was killed, while Kyle Henn was admitted to UNC hospital in fair condition, a hospital spokesman told the station.

The family's grief began when they received word that Nate Henn was among 74 people killed by twin terror bombs in Uganda. Nate, a former rugby player, had moved to Uganda to work with former child soldiers. His manner had earned him the nickname "Oteka" among the children, which translated into "The Strong One."

Nate Henn was a tour booking assistant at "Invisible Children", a San Diego based Christian aid group that helps child soldiers.

The group issued a statement today saying, "His love for the Ugandan students he had worked with is exemplified by the deep friendships he forged with them."

"He was serving Innocent, Tony, Boni, Ronald, Papito, Sunday and Lilian. These are some of our Ugandan students who fell in love with Nate's wit, strength, character and steadfast friendship. They gave him the Acholi name 'Oteka,' which means 'The Strong One.' Some of them were with him at the time of the attack," the statement said.

Invisible Children said that Henn was "determined to go to Uganda," and said, "He was not serving some idea of down-trodden Africa."

According to Henn's Facebook page, he was a graduate from the University of Delaware where he double majored in psychology and neuroscience and played rugby.

He was quoted as saying "Treasure the Journey" and that he was "continually blessed."

Henn also says on his Facebook page he was in a relationship with a girlfriend and cites his brother and sister, Kyle and Brynne Henn.

"'I just don't understand. Please pray," said Brynne Henn in a posting on her Facebook page.

Uganda's government said the first blast occurred at the Ethiopian Village restaurant at 10:55 p.m. local time Sunday, July 11. Two more blasts happened at the rugby field 20 minutes later, the statement said.

Al- Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, saying the militants would carry out attacks "against our enemy" wherever they are.

American Student Wounded in Uganda Bombing

At least three of the wounded were in a church group from Pennsylvania who went to the restaurant in Kampala early to get good seats for the game, said Lori Ssebulime, an American who married a Ugandan. One of the wounded was 16-year-old American Emily Kerstetter.

"Emily was rolling around in a pool of blood screaming," said Ssebulime, who has helped bring in U.S. church groups since 2004. "Five minutes before it went off, Emily said she was going to cry so hard because she didn't want to leave. She wanted to stay the rest of the summer here."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report

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