An ambassador killed Tuesday during an attack on the US Consulate in Libya grew up in Davis and the Bay Area.
J. Christopher Stevens was among the four Americans killed in the rocket attack on the consulate building in the city of Benghazi.
Stevens lived in Davis in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, attending Pioneer Elementary School and Emerson Junior High School.
He then moved to the Bay Area, attending Piedmont High School and graduating in 1978.
Stevens then went to the University of California, Berkeley, for undergraduate studies before joining the Peace Corps.
He arrived in Libya as ambassador from the US in May 2012. Stevens has served various overseas missions as part of the US Foreign Service, several in the Middle East.
Stevens is the first sitting ambassador to be killed while serving since 1979.
In addition to Stevens, an information officer Sean Smith, and two Marines also died in Tuesday’s attack.