BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - The Beloit College community is grappling with news that a 2008 graduate was slain in Yemen.
Luke Somers was killed Saturday as U.S. forces tried to rescue him from al-Qaida captors. He had been working as a freelance photographer in Yemen when he was kidnapped in September 2013.
Beloit College released a statement Saturday offering condolences to Somers' family, classmates and friends, and "to the people he courageously and selflessly served in Yemen." The statement says: "We are proud to be associated with Luke and so sorry the world has lost him."
College president Scott Beirman says in a campus letter that Somer's death is "crushing news." He urged community members to think of ways to honor him, and to turn to friends and counselors to deal with his loss.