An American who was killed Friday during demonstrations in Egypt was identified as a 21-year-old college student from Montgomery County with an interest in the Middle East and in working for peace.
The State Department identified the victim early Saturday as Andrew Pochter and confirmed he was killed in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday.
(AP) - This undated photo provided by the Pochter family shows Andrew Driscoll Pochter. The U.S. State Department confirmed Saturday that the Kenyon College student died Friday, June 28, while photographing clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt.
Hilary Rosen, who acted as the spokeswoman for Pochter’s family, said only that the family lived in Maryland, but acquaintances said he was from Chevy Chase.
A statement forwarded by Rosen from the family said they understood that he was witnessing a protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester.
An unidentified medical source had told the Associated Press that he had been shot. Local media reported that he was stabbed while taking pictures with his mobile phone.
According to the family statement he had gone to Alexandria for the summer to teach English to Egyptian 7-and 8-year olds, and to improve his Arabic.
He was to return to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, for his junior year, and to spend the spring semester in Jordan, the statement said.
The family said he went to Egypt “because he cared profoundly about the Middle East.”
He had studied in the region, loved the culture and planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding, the family said.
His family said he was “a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned.”
The family asked Friday night for privacy.