Slain Diplomat Was Famous Gamer

Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management officer, was one of the staffers killed in Libya when a grenade was launched into the American consulate. Smith was a 34-year-old veteran, father of two, and well-known in the gaming world of EVE Online as “Vile Rat.” As the attack began, Smith sent a message to a fellow gamer saying, “Assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.” The friend who received that message expressed the online community’s grief today saying, “We are in shock, have no words, and have nothing but sympathy for his family and children.”