High school to hold memorial for diplomat killed in Afghanistan

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A memorial is being held Tuesday morning for 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff, the U.S. diplomat who was killed in Afghanistan.

Smedinghoff was with a convoy that was delivering books to children, when they were attacked by a suicide bomber.

Smedinghoff and four other Americans were killed.

Her remains arrived at Dover Air Force Base on Monday.

Her parents, who live in West Suburban River Forest, were out of town when Secretary of State John Kerry called to tell them that their daughter was dead.

The parents are expected to come back home Tuesday.

That’s when they’ll see their neighborhood decorated with ribbons and American flags, in their daughter’s honor.

Smedinghoff graduated from Fenwick High School in 2005.

She returned in December to talk to students about her work in Afghanistan.

Her former teachers and counselors are expected to speak about her at this morning’s memorial.

“She wanted to work for our government, and she wanted to travel.  And the gel that held it all together.. was that she wanted to make the world a better place,” said Fenwick Counselor Tom Egan.

“She was the example that anyone could aspire to, not just high school students,” said Smedinghoff’s former teacher Mary Beth Logas.

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