American college student killed amid protests in Egypt

Andrew Pochter, 21, interned at a nonprofit and worked towards "the pursuit of peace and understanding"

By Prachi Gupta

Published June 29, 2013 3:02PM (EDT)

Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old American student at Kenyon College, was fatally stabbed near the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, Egypt after violence erupted between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi. Pochter was one of three people killed during the fighting.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Pochter, who was to enter his junior year at Kenyon in the fall, worked as an intern at Amideast, a nonprofit organization “engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa,” according to the group’s Web site. A statement issued by Mr. Pochter’s family said that he had planned to return to the Middle East for his spring semester abroad.

“Our beloved 21-year-old son and brother Andrew Driscoll Pochter went to Alexandria for the summer, to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve his Arabic,” the statement said. “He was looking forward to returning to Kenyon College for his junior year and to spending his spring semester in Jordan.”

"He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding,” the family said.

Following the violence, the American State Department issued a warning for Americans "to defer nonessential travel to Egypt at this time due to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest.”

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