Austin teacher killed in Libya

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BENGHAZI, LIBYA – Just days before he was supposed to return home, a Texas family is mourning the death of Ronnie Smith. Smith was gunned down while jogging in front of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The 33-year-old husband and father had been teaching in the dangerous city for 18 months. Smith was supposed to return home to Austin this week, but chose to stick around to help his students at The International School with mid-terms. No one has taken responsibility for the senseless act but witnesses said a car drove up next to Smith and fired off several shots.

Americans have been warned to steer clear of Benghazi following the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate there on September 11th of last year.

People who worked with Smith said he was dedicated to bettering the lives of his students, despite the risk.