Nightly News   |  April 08, 2013

Young diplomat killed in Afghanistan ‘amazing’ and ‘passionate’

Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber blew up their convoy along with four other Americans. Although she recognized the dangers and risks in Afghanistan, her family and friends said she still loved the job.  NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> in afghanistan this weekend a bomb attack on a convoy headed for a school killed five americans and the dead included a 25-year-old from a suburb of chicago. she was a young graduate from johns-hopkins and in the same spirit as all who volunteer to serve their country over seas she loved the idea of the foreign service . our report tonight from stephanie gosk.

>> reporter: anne spendinghoff new the risks in afghanistan . but friends and family say the 25-year-old still loved the job.

>> she was so very excited to be in a place where she felt she and our country could make a positive difference.

>> reporter: today the body of the young diplomat was flown back to dover air force base along with a army staff sergeant christopher ward . five americans were killed on saturday when a suicide car bomber blew up the convoy. three soldiers and two civilians. the delegation was headed to a school opening in southeastern afghanistan .

>> we lost a young foreign service officer who was just trying to deliver books, bring knowledge to people. books in their own language in order to help them know about the possibilities of life.

>> reporter: john kerry met her on his first visit to kabul as secretary of state. she e-mailed this photo to her family. she often looked for opportunities to reach out to afghans directly, beyond the walls of the embassy. like the time she helped organize a concert for afghan musicians at new york's carnegie hall . christopher lui was one of her close friends . they went on a group cycling trip three weeks ago in jordan.

>> she was amazing. so passionate about doing something great for the world. it was so easy to tell that.

>> reporter: near her home outside of chicago, ribbons and flags have been hung in her honor. her parents are consoled by the fact that their daughter was doing what she loved. it is this country's loss that she won't have a chance to do more. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.