Teacher Killed In Libya Grew Up In Metro Detroit

CBS Detroit

WARREN (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan-raised teacher who was shot to death while jogging in Benghazi, Libya, was “very excited about the work he was doing” in the North African nation, a close friend said Thursday.

Ronald T. Smith II, 33, died Thursday in the same city where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack last year.

Smith was a 1997 graduate of Woods Tower High School in Warren, according to Nathan Hlavin, who said they knew each other for 20 years.

“He had a heart for Libya (and) saw it as a great opportunity to help people,” Hlavin told The Associated Press.

Smith got a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State and a master’s degree from the University of Texas, Hlavin said. He said Smith planned to pursue a doctorate in chemistry and become a professional chemist, probably for a corporation, but veered away from that path…

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