Sean Smith (diplomat)
|Died||September 11, 2012
|Residence||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Occupation||Information Management Officer|
|Employer||United States Foreign Service|
|Known for||Victim of the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi
Former member of the Council of Stellar Management in the MMO Eve Online
Sean Smith (c. 1978 – September 11, 2012) was an information management officer with the United States Foreign Service who was killed during the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Life and work
Smith was an only child and grew up in the Clairemont neighborhood of San Diego, California. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1995, enlisted in the Air Force in July 1995 and served for six years. He was a ground radio maintenance (2E) specialist and was promoted to staff sergeant in August 2000. He completed his military service in 2002. As a Foreign Service employee, he lived in The Hague, Netherlands with his wife, Heather, and children, Samantha and Nathan.
Smith was one of four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack. Also killed were Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and two former Navy SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were working as private security for the consulate. Their remains were returned to the United States.
Smith was known as a leading player and former member of the Council of Stellar Management in the EVE Online gaming community (under the username "Vile Rat") and was a moderator on the Something Awful forums. On the day of his death, Smith typed a message to the director of his online gaming corporation that read, "Assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures." EVE Online's Council of Stellar Management published a tribute to Smith two days after Smith's death. Spontaneous reactions from the player base included a mass renaming of outposts throughout the game universe.
- "Online Gamer Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith Killed in Libyan Attack". The Hollywood Reporter. September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- "Statement on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya". Department of State. September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- "San Diegan slain in Libya attack ‘lived to serve’". UTSanDiego. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- Beckhusen, Robert (2012-09-12). "Diplomat Killed in Libya Told Fellow Gamers: Hope I 'Don't Die Tonight'". Wired.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Stevens, J. Christopher". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Winter, Michael (Sep 14, 2012). "Ex-SEAL killed in Libya 'thrived on adrenaline, danger'". USA Today. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- Kuhnhenn, Jim. "Obama honours Libya attack victims as remains return to U.S. soil". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
- "US Official Killed in Libya Mourned by Online Gaming Community". Smithsonian Magazine. September 12, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Marsh Davies (September 12, 2012). "EVE Online top player was US official killed in Libya". PC Gamer. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Benjy Sarlin (September 12, 2012). "News Of Foreign Service Officer's Death Breaks Over Gaming Community". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Robert Beckhusen (September 12, 2012). "Diplomat Killed in Libya Told Fellow Gamers: Hope I 'Don't Die Tonight'". Wired.com. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "A Tribute to Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith". CCP hf., Reykjavik. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- "Renamed Stations". CCP hf., Reykjavik. Retrieved September 16, 2012.