S. African's widow awaits word on Libya remains

Published April 5, 2012 9:54AM (EDT)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The widow of a South African photographer killed a year ago while covering the Libyan uprising says she is awaiting the identification of remains recently found buried with a camera lens in the North African country.

Penny Sukhraj said late Wednesday the family of Anton Hammerl hopes "that the uncertainty will end soon, for while it does not change our grief, it may help bring a level of closure."

Journalists who were with him say Hammerl was shot April 5, 2011 when they were attacked by forces of now-toppled leader Moammar Gadhafi. Hammerl's family did not learn of his death for weeks. Libyan officials did not release information and Hammerl's colleagues, initially held by Gadhafi's forces, had been afraid to speak of his death until they were safely out of Libya.

By Salon Staff

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