Chicago native among Afghanistan attack victims

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chi-140118-lexie-kamerman-photographA Chicago native was one of the 21 people killed in a Taliban assault Friday on a restaurant in Kabul.

Lexie Kamerman, 27, who attended the Latin School of Chicago and Knox College in Galesburg, died in the attack, family members said Saturday afternoon. Kamerman worked for the privately run American University of Afghanistan, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Her family released this statement via an email from Kamerman’s aunt Julie Pfeffer:

“First of all the world called her Lexie-

She was an amazing young woman –smart, strong, beautiful, funny, stubborn and kind. And fearless.

She took the job at the American University of Afghanistan to help the young women of Afghanistan get an education and take their rightful place as leaders in Afghan society.

As you could probably guess, Her death is a shock to us all and we can’t imagine a moment going forward when she won’t be desperately missed.”

The president of the American University of Afghanistan, Michael Smith, sent an email to students Saturday saying that two members of the university community – Kamerman and Alexandros Petersen – were among the fatalities, according to the Times.

“We are all deeply saddened by the events Friday evening. It was a vicious attack on innocent people at a restaurant in Kabul,” Smith wrote.

Kamerman is the second Chicagoland woman killed in Afghanistan over the last year. Anne Smedinghoff, an American diplomat from River Forest, was killed in a Taliban attack while delivering textbooks to children last April in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.

More details to come

By Jonathan Bullington Tribune reporter | Twitter: @jbtribune

Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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