David Jacobson, the new U.S. Ambassador to Canada, met Michelle Lang when he was in Afghanistan last week and he's put up a touching blog post this morning about the encounter - and her tragic death yesterday.
I don’t know what to say except that she was a sweet, kind, optimistic young woman who literally always had a smile on her face – even in Afghanistan. If it is scant consolation to her family and friends she loved what she was doing. And she did it well. When she finished interviewing me we were both laughing.
It is a tragedy beyond words. It breaks my heart. My condolences go out to her family and to the families of all those who died today. While it is always terrible when someone dies like this; it is so much worse when you know them. When you care about them. This is a reminder to me that everyone who perishes over there is a person — not a statistic. Every one has mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers; children; friends.
I am so sorry.