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Winchester Native Killed in Libya Attack

Glen Doherty was one of the four Americans killed in the American consulate in Benghazi Wednesday.

A Winchester native was identified as one of the four Americans killed in Libya Wednesday.

Glen Doherty, 42, was working for a private security company when he was killed with U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens in the American consulate in Benghazi, according to Boston.com.

The family was notified Wednesday afternoon of Doherty's death.

Doherty's sister, Katie Quigly, told Boston.com her brother had previously been a Navy SEAL where he was trained as a sniper and medical corpsman and left the service four years ago to provide security for American officials overseas.

The Military Relgious Freedom Foundation said Doherty conducted operations in high threat regions including Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan as he worked as a security and intelligence specialist for U.S. Government Agencies.

Doherty was also working as a trainer at the CrossFIT/SEALFIT Gym while living in Encinitas, CA, according to FOX 5 San Diego.

According to New England Cable News, the family, including his mother who lives in Woburn, may speak out about Doherty's death Thursday afternoon.

As a 1988 graduate, Doherty also holds a BS in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in aviation safety.

Stevens was found dead in a local hospital after the four-hour firefight of Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. This is the first time since 1979 that an American ambassador had died in a violent assault, according to the New York Times.

Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran working as an U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer, was another victim of the overseas attacks.

The identity of the fourth American killed is still not known.

Flags were lowered to half staff after lawmakers observed a moment of silence for Doherty, Stevens, Smith and the unknown victim killed at the U.S. Consulate, according to The Washington Post.  

The Washington Post said the Senate passed a resolution cosponsored by Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) that commended the victims and condemned the violent attack.

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Nancy Sobeck September 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thank you for your service. RIP.
Greg Quill September 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Thank You!
charles Strange October 22, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you for your service.My son was into the cross fit trainng Michael Strange, they were probly friends.Michael was killed 8 6 2011.Afgan.

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