John Kerry meets with Anne Smedinghoff parents in Chicago area

April 15, 2013 4:36:42 PM PDT
Sec. of State John Kerry met with the parents of Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old diplomat killed in Afghanistan.

"He has reached out to us like so many others," said Tom Smedinghoff, Anne's father said of his visit with Kerry.

Smedinghoff, who was from suburban River Forest, died in an attack that also killed five other Americans more than one week ago. Early reports said she was in an armed convoy when a suicide bomber detonated explosives, but now, an Afghan television reporter says the group was lost while walking from a book donation event.

Smedinghoff's wake was set for Tuesday in Oak Park, followed by a funeral Mass Wednesday at St. Luke's church.