(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Massachusetts General Hospital doctor was in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, when the tragedy unfolded.
According to The Boston Globe, Dr. Thomas Burke was getting ready to begin a cooperative effort between MGH and Benghazi Medical Center to develop an emergency care infrastructure.
But just hours before Burke was scheduled to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, the US consulate was attacked. Stevens and three other Americans were killed, including 42-year-old Glen Doherty, a Winchester native and former Navy SEAL.
In a letter to Boston Globe reporter Bryan Bender, Burke says the deaths are heartbreaking for the people of Benghazi.
"This is terrible not just for the Americans and Libyans but for all humanity," the letter read in part. "My wife and children just called me crying. Everyone in the hospital and everyone in Benghazi are angry with those people (the radical extremists) and we weep. Islam is peaceful. It is our duty to care for our guests."
Burke told the newspaper the situation in Libya under the reign of Moammar Khadafy is horrific.