Chinook Tribal Chairman Ray Gardner issued a statement mourning the loss of Chris Stevens. Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed during a September 11 protest in Libya, was a member of the Chinook Tribe in Washington.
The ambassador was killed during a violent riot in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya. Protestors stormed the U.S. embassy in response to an anti-Islamic movie produced in the United States. A movie trailer depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and child abuser went viral in the Middle East, prompting numerous protests across the region.
A rising star in U.S. foreign policy, Stevens had been in Benghazi since April 2011. A statement released by President Obama praised Stevens’ diplomatic record in Libya.
“It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save. At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi,” the president said. “With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.”
President Obama also referred to Stevens as “a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.”