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Kenyon College Community Mourns Death of Student in Egypt

GAMBIER, Ohio (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- Kenyon College students and faculty members are mourning the death of a young man who was killed while studying abroad in Egypt.

Kenyon student Andrew Pochter was stabbed to death on June 28 while watching a protest in Alexandria.

Pochter, 21, was teaching English to children in Egypt amid violent, anti-government demonstrations.

Kenyon Global Engagement Center Director Marne Ausec said Pochter's death was the first such incident in the program's history.

"This is our field's worst nightmare, that something this dreadful happens to a student," Ausec said.

Jewish Chaplain and Hillel House director Marc Bragin described Pochter as a passionate student who was dedicated to helping others and broadening his understanding of the world outside the U.S.

"He wanted to learn about other cultures and people," Bragin said.

Kenyon officials plan to hold a memorial in Pochter's honor when students return to campus in the fall.
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