21-Year-Old American College Student Andrew Pochter, Who Taught English To Children Has Died In Egypt’s Violent Protests, Highlight Hollywood News

An American college  student stabbed to death during a protest in Egypt was in the  country to teach English to children and improve his Arabic, his  family said.  Andrew Pochter, 21, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, died after  being stabbed in the chest on Friday in the coastal city of  Alexandria, where anti-government protesters stormed an office  of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. “As we understand it, he was witnessing a protest as a  bystander and was stabbed by a protester,” said a statement from  the family.  Egyptian officials said he was carrying a small camera.

Pochter’s family said he had traveled to Alexandria for the  summer to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children  and to improve his Arabic.
“He had studied in the region, loved the culture, and  planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and  understanding,” read the statement, that asked for privacy in a  time of grieving.

Pochter was looking forward to beginning his junior year at  Ohio’s Kenyon College and had planned to study abroad in Jordan  next spring, according to the statement.
A statement from Kenyon College said Pochter was interning  in Alexandria with AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organisation  that runs education and development programs in the Middle East  and North America.

A State Department spokeswoman confirmed that Andrew Pochter  was killed on Friday in Alexandria.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and  friends,” Marie Harf said. Harf said the U.S. embassy in Cairo  and the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs were  providing “appropriate consular assistance.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP

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