U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed at age 52, on September 11, during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack also killed Sean Smith, an Air Force Veteran, and two other diplomats. Stevens was the first sitting U.S. ambassador to be killed in a violent since 1979.
Libya is currently in a dangerous civil war, the only way into the country is by sea, and for Ambassador Stevens last year, by Greek cargo ship. Stevens explained that his mission in Libya is to support a democratic transition in its government. For the last forty years, Libya has been controlled by Moammar Gaddafi.
Good luck to the democratic movement!