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Tyrone Woods, Imperial Beach Resident, Killed in Libya Consulate Attack

Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach was a former Navy SEAL, father of two and owned The Salty Frog on Palm Avenue until 2011.

Photo credit: Shirley Nakawatase
Photo credit: Shirley Nakawatase
Updated 5:00 p.m. to include details from Woods' neighbor, 7:28 p.m. to include additional information from Woods' mother and 10:20 a.m. Friday to include info from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Woods' friend Shirley Nakawatase.

Tyrone Woods, 41, of Imperial Beach has been named as one of four people killed during Sept. 11 attacks of the American consulate in Libya, the Department of State said.

Woods was a Navy SEAL for 20 years and a father of three.

He owned The Salty Frog on Palm Avenue until 2011, said bar manager Kanai Williams.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the families of victims met the remains of those killed in the attacks . Clinton recognized Woods and Glen A. Doherty Friday.

Doherty lived in Encinitas, was also a former SEAL. Both Woods and Doherty served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic," Clinton said.

Woods lived across the street from the beach, pier and with his wife Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, a dentist in La Jolla. The two had a child, Kai, a few months ago, Clinton said.

Woods also has two teenage boys, Tyrone Jr. and Hunter, with his ex-wife Patricia Ann So. So described him as "balls to the wall" and a person who "loved life, loved adrenaline," U-T San Diego reported.

Manuel Santana was Woods' neighbor for eight years. 

"All I can tell you is he was a good man," he said.

The two Navy veterans got together to "tell sea stories" and share a few beers in the past, but Santana did most of the talking, he said, since Woods was a pretty quiet, private guy.

"Everybody's kind of shocked," Santana said about the tightly knit neighborhood. "It's a shame when something like that happens to a young guy in the prime of his life. For what? It's totally senseless."

Shirley Nakawatase owns an accounting firm on Seacoast Drive doors away from Woods' home, and he would stop by the office every now and then after work. Nakawatase echoed thoughts of neighbors who called him quiet or private, but also called him passionate about his family, service and country.

"Imperial Beach is slightly less sunny without Ty around," she said.

"Ty had an infectious zest for excitement, and enjoyed his life immensely, while fiercely loving his home, dogs, wife and country. He was a joy to be around and so full of energy you felt better after talking with him," Nakawatase said.

According to KATU.com in Oregon where Woods went to high school, his mother Cheryl Bennett said in the past two years her son has protected American diplomatic personnel from Central America to the Middle East. The attack on the consulate, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens also was killed, has set off tensions and further protests in other countries, including Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.

There is speculation as to the cause of the initial attack in Libya, whether it was sparked by a film made in California that mocked Islam, or was coordinated as part of an effort linked to the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Did you know Tyrone Woods? How will you remember him? Share in comments.
Shirley Nakawatase September 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I am devastated. Ty was a wonderful person to know who embraced life to it's fullest. We will all miss him.
Bob Broadfoot September 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Imperial Beach should lower the flag to half mast in honor of this hero.
Khari Johnson (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
City Manager Gary Brown said flags were at half mast to commemorate 9/11 attacks and have been there since the attack on the consulate.
Libi Uremovic September 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
"...There is speculation as to the cause of the initial attack in Libya, whether it was sparked by a film, filmed in California, that mocked Islam, or was coordinated as part of an effort linked to the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks...." ...or was it just wednesday in wackie land...
Stephanie Lybarger Rutledge September 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Bless him & his family!
Cooki September 14, 2012 at 01:08 AM
He was a graduate of Oregon City High school. I live across the river (WA) from Portland Oregon, this was just announced on our news station KATU.
Ed Sorrels September 14, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I served over 5 years in Marine Barracks Security Commands, So I know a bit of what I speak. Who set up the security in that indefenceable compound, He was a damn moron. Where were the Marines that are tasked with protection our embassy's. The security of embassy's is in part achieved by the highly trained Marines there with the weapons that they will need to defend the embassy. This was just plain stui[pid, Our Embassy i London where they love us is better protected than this one where they hate us and want us dead, Except when we bring the aid check, Which by the way should stop ! This whole security thing was what we used to call a cluster---k and there is no excuise for it who ever was in charge had no idea what he was doingPERIOD and now we have dead Americans ! Go With God my brothers and Semper Fi !
Carol H September 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
What sad and tragic news. Condolences to his family and many friends.
Shon Keely September 14, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I went to high school and wrestled with Ty, he was also my neighbor. My brother and I had some fun times hanging out with him. We had kept in touch the past couple of years, looking to connect if he was in town when I next visited San Diego. Rest in Peace Ty.
Serge Dedina September 14, 2012 at 06:12 PM
My condolences to Ty's family and friends--makes you realize how many IB residents risk their lives to serve our country.
John Galt September 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
My condolences to Ty's family and friends.
Debbie September 14, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I didn't personally know Tyrone, but I know Dorothy and love her with all my heart. It aches for her in this time but I will always be here for her whatever she needs, she is my family and we will take care of her.
scott poe May 08, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Ty was really cool and I always looked forward to delivering Budweiser to the Salty Frog to shoot the breeze with him. He always had a cool story and my favorite one was him skydiving into Dolphins Stadium on gameday and getting Zach Thomas to sign his jersey. I always tried to bribe him with beer for that framed jersey!

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