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Cheryl Beckett part of Medical Team executed in Afghanistan

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Associated Press

The family of Tennessee woman says she is one of 10 members of a medical team gunned down in Afghanistan. The family of 32-year-old Cheryl Beckett said in a statement Sunday that she was part of the team providing eye care and medical aid in northern Afghanistan. Beckett is the daughter of a Knoxville pastor. She had been in Afghanistan for six years and specialized in nutritional gardening and mother-child health.

People who knew her say she was a positive and caring person.

“We’re going to miss her a lot, and we’re gonna miss the way that she put smiles on senior citizens ‘ face… all the members of the church’s face,” says Marion Rhodes, a friend of Beckett’s.

Beckett was the Valedictorian of her high school and earned a biology degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

August 8, 2010 - Posted by | Afghanistan, NGO's | , , ,


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  2. I praise God for heroes like Cheryl Beckett who risk their lives every day in hostile environments to bring humanitarian aid to countries without resources. May the glory of God Almighty be known throughout Afghanistan and beyond because of her selfless love and example of Jesus brought to those who are in need. May her legacy continue and may 10 people take her place to carry on the work she has now left for a better place.

    Comment by Nancy Spitters | August 8, 2010 | Reply

    • I attended highschool with Cheryl and would like to express my sincerest condolences to her family. I have fond memories of her and was not surprised to learn she was helping other people.

      Comment by Casey Hoell | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. Cheryl was a 2000 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, whose mission statement indicates they are committed to developing “world-changers.” In her short life, Cheryl has exemplified what it means to make a difference in the world. We pray that both in her life and her tragic death there will those who find health and work for peace in this world.

    Dr. Bud Bence
    Indiana Wesleyan University

    Comment by Bud Bence | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. cheryl went to school with me at clermont northeastern high . she was one of the sweetest and nice and loving individuals. she truley was an angel sent from above!! my heart pours out for her family and friends. my thoughts and prayers are with them. i am bi-racial and cheryl was one of the girls that didn’t make me feel any differant in school. she excepted me in a predominantly white school. she was my friend. god bless her and her family!!

    Comment by misian cornele | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. The killing of these brave, caring people makes no sense and bothers me a lot. Does anyone know if the murder/s were brought to justice? If not, what is our government doing about it?

    Comment by John Wedlund | October 15, 2010 | Reply

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