Slain diplomat laid to rest in River Forest

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Friends, relatives, and colleagues said goodbye Wednesday to a Chicago-area diplomat, who was killed in Southern Afghanistan.

Anne Smeginhoff, 25,  died along with four other Americans on April 6, after being hit by a suicide bomber.

Mourners braved the rain and cold to pay their final respects to the former diplomat at St. Luke Church in River Forest.

“She was always supportive of me,” said a friend.  “I had some hesitations.  And she was always about going, and getting, and achieving your goals.

I think she was a really good role model for everyone.”

Smeninghoff was an information officer at the state department and volunteered for the position in Southern Afghanistan.

That spirit of giving was echoed by those that attended the service.

“She did more than most people will do in a lifetime.  She touched more people than most will ever even know.”

On Monday Sec. of State John Kerry met privately with Smeginhoff’s family at O’Hare Airport.

Kerry had met the young diplomat just two weeks before her death while he was on a visit to the region.

Following the funeral mass, family members were expected to travel to the cemetery for a private burial.

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