Mother of Libya Attack Victim Speaks Out

Pat Smith spoke about her son, Sean, who died last week.

The mother of one of three San Diegans killed last week in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said Tuesday that she wasn't told why her 34-year-old son was in the North African country.

Pat Smith granted interviews to area television stations after word broke this week that her son was also a San Diego resident. Sean Smith grew up in Clairemont and graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1995.

She said her son lived in the Netherlands with his wife and two children and wouldn't tell her why he was sent to Libya.

Ex-Navy SEALS Glen Doherty, 42, of Encinitas, and Tyrone Woods, 41, of Imperial Beach, were also killed, along with Ambassador Chris Stevens. On the side, Doherty was a fitness trainer at an Encinitas gym, and Woods used to own a bar.

Sean Smith played video games in his spare time, and was known in several forums as "Vile Rat." Online gamers have started a fund for his family at YourCaring.com, with a goal of raising $100,000.

His mother described him as a gaming nerd.

She attended Friday's ceremony outside Washington, D.C., where the remains of the four men were returned to U.S. soil, and said she cried on the shoulders of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and saw tears in the eyes of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"They're real people, they all hug, and they hold you and they cry along with you," she told CBS8.

She told 10News that she hopes someday to be able to send some of her son's remains into space.

Federal officials called Sean Smith a specialist in information technology.

The anti-American unrest in Libya and other Muslim countries is tied to a movie filmed in Southern California and virtually unheard of until a segment of it appeared on YouTube.

"The Innocence of Muslims," regarded by those who have seen it as extremely amateurish, mocks the founder of Islam as a violent womanizer and child abuser, according to those who have seen it.

-City News Service

Loki September 21, 2012 at 05:45 AM
My condolences go out to you Mrs. Smith. RIP to all of our brave sons & daughters who fight wars over there so we don't need to over here. On another note - Why does the media keep pushing the lye about the unrest being fomented by that stupid movie. It was a pre-planned military strike on CIA operatives that were trying to get back our stinger missiles! The unrest was fomented by the attackers as a smoke-screen. Obama's political correctness is shaming us and killing our sons & daughters! Obama's administration is lying and trampling on our 1st amendment rights for political expediency. Romney was the first & only one of the candidates with a correct & presidential reply to this terrible incident - and yet the media played him as a ham-fisted dolt! Obama said he was shooting from the hip without all the facts! What are the facts then Mr. President? Have you had enough time yet to obfuscate and change them to meet your agenda? Peace will never come from weakness. Send this lying islamic communist packing on Nov 6th!
Debra Krahel October 27, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Mrs Smith my heart aches for you. I have a son the same age and I can't begin to imagine your pain. As an individual I am doing all that I can to demand reasons behind no support, no backup, and while that doesn't bring back the four wonderful Americans we lost, it none the less is a question we all have. I pray the too few precious memories you have of your life with Sean will sustain you to some degree. I am so sorry for your loss and what must be a terrible loneliness.
Debra Krahel October 27, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Loki very pointed relevant points. Press on because the American public needs to demand answers for these families.
Kathy June 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Mrs. Smith, my heart goes out to you. I just wish I could carry some of your burden. Benghazi is the foremost issue in my mind and there must be answers from this administration for the loss of your son. I just wish I could do something to ease your pain. I hope you can take comfort in the fact that many, many Americas think of your son as a HERO, as I do. If you ever need to talk to someone pls call me at 619-663-1430. I would love to tell you how much I admire your son and how heartbroken I am as to how you and the other families have been treated since this tragic incident happened. I would love to be your friend Kathy


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something