Last U.S. ambassador killed on duty — 1979

Even words like shocking and outrageous fall short in characterizing the killings of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats Tuesday in Libya.

Stevens’ killing, the first for a U.S. ambassador on duty since 1979, was all the more painful coming on the day when Americans marked the 9-11 anniversary.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-13/opinion/os-ed-libya-ambassador-killing-091212-20120912_1_libyan-government-stevens-deserving-target

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