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Teacher Ronnie Smith Shot Dead in Benghazi

December 5, 2013

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A teacher fatally shot early Thursday in Benghazi, Libya, has been identified as U.S. chemistry teacher Ronnie Smith, local officials say.

The 33-year-old, reportedly from Texas, was gunned down as he jogged in Benghazi's Fweihat district, the BBC reported.

He worked at an international school in Benghazi.

A security official said on Libyan television authorities have not determined the motive for the attack, the New York Times reported.

"The assassination of the American teacher is a continuation of a series of assassinations that the city is going through," the official said.

A person who claimed to be an eyewitness said the gunmen who shot Smith were driving a black Jeep.

A photograph circulating on social media purported to show Smith's body dressed in running clothes face down in a pool of blood. The authenticity of the photograph could not be verified.

The U.S. Embassy in Libya has not yet released a statement.

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Original headline: American chemistry teacher killed in Benghazi while jogging



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