Ronnie Smith was gunned down on Dec. 5 as he was
exercising in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi where he had
worked as a chemistry teacher for a year and a half, security
sources and school officials said. It has not been clear who was
responsible for the attack.
"I just envision the black Jeep driving up to him and I don't
know their faces," Anita Smith, her voice quivering with
emotion, told CNN in an interview on Friday.
"I just really want them to know that I do love them and I
forgive them," she said, adding Ronnie would want the same.
Smith was described by friends and students at the international
school in the eastern Libyan city as caring and helpful.
Libya's fragile government has struggled to contain former
fighters and militants who, two years after the fall of Muammar
Gaddafi, are challenging a state that is still building up a
national army with Western aid.
In the CNN interview, Anita Smith cast her husband's purpose in
the North African country in religious terms.
"I just want them to know that God loves them and can forgive
them for this ... I don't know them. That's how I honestly
feel," she said.
"What I want people to know about him ... he wanted to shine the
light and the love of Jesus to the Libyan people ... he really
did," she said.
Smith attended Woods-Tower High School in the Detroit area of
the U.S. state of Michigan. He earned a master's degree in
chemistry from the University of Texas in 2006 and belonged to a
church in Austin, Texas.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; editing by Andrew Heavens)
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