I am sad a friend of mine was killed. A man named Sean Smith, his life taken in Benghazi. I met Sean in an internet spaceship game, EVE online. Most of the time we spent shooting each other and our friends. Its sad that hate can ruin lives in such a way, it is crazy that hate can show one how small the world truly is.
I have never met him, and likely never would have, outside of the universe of New Eden that is. It is a sad day for me and my EVE friends, it is even sadder I am sure for his family and friends. The community of EVE is either awe struck or grief struck, the universe has held its vigil, Cyno's have dotted the star map from north to south, player owned stations have paid homage to their fellow pilot Vile Rat.
I don't know if I am truly sad sad, I have never experienced death in my life, this is the closest thing to a personal loss that I have had, and it is very disheartening. I remember talking about diplomatic stuff with him when he was in Baghdad, and he had to leave all of the sudden. In the middle of a 20 man diplomatic meeting he left because there were explosions and gunfire in his vicinity, a while later he returned and told us it was just us shooting at an enemy convoy.
Apparently his EVE community was the last to hear his voice, not his wife, or kids, but his friends in internet space ship games, a similar story but one he did not return from. Crazy how small the world is, crazy that I feel sad for a person I have never met, for a person who, had I never played EVE would be another statistic in an ongoing war against hate.
Sorry for bumming out the thread, but I just need to make words.
RIP Vile Rat. NBSI or BSI it doesn't matter, fly safe mate o7