The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) issued a brief statement expressing their sorrow for the loss of U.S. foreign service officer Sean Smith, who died when the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by an angry mob protesting a film that negatively portrayed the Prophet Mohammad.
"What has happened in Libya is a tragedy by any measure. Its sadness strains us as Americans and humans," said Jennifer Mercurio, Vice President & General Counsel for the Entertainment Consumers Association. "That one of our own was taken from us, that he was one of the most eloquently ambassadorial voices in the gaming worlds, who used his real world diplomatic training to bring peace within EVE, strikes an even deeper chord within the gaming world. We at ECA send our deepest condolences to all of the families of the victims of this wretched event."
We would like the echo Jennifer's sentiments and note that Mr. Smith's death is truly a tragedy because he died for something he had nothing to do with. He just happened to be an American in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones. For more on Mr. Smith's impact on the EVE Online community, visit this obituary written by his guild mate.
[Full disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]