The United States Ambassador to Libya killed in Tuesday's attack was a career member of the foreign service. Christopher Stevens was 52-years-old, born and raised in Northern California and fluent in Arabic and French.
He joined the peace corps and taught English in Morooco in the 1980's before joining the state department in 1991. Over the course of his career he served in Israel, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and finally Libya, where he had been stationed since the revolution last year.
OutFront tonight: Foreign Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott, and David Tafuri, a partner at the Washington Law firm Patton Boggs who specializes in post-conflict countries including Libya. Both guests new Ambassador Stevens.
Slain ambassador died 'trying to help build a better Libya'
Chris Stevens knew what he was getting into.
He knew, longtime friend Daniel Seidemann said, that Libya was a place of great promise, but also one of great peril.
"When he went to Libya, he had no illusions about where he was going," Seidemann said. "He has probably done more than anybody on the planet to help the Libyan people, and he know going in that this was not going to protect him."
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died Tuesday in an assault on the American Consulate in Benghazi, the very city where he had arrived aboard a cargo ship in the spring of 2011 to help build ties between the upstart rebellion and the rebels.