An American college student stabbed to death during a protest in Egypt was in the country teaching English to children and improving his Arabic, according to a Facebook post on Saturday that appeared to be from his family.
Andrew Pochter, 21, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, who was Jewish and active in his college’s Hillel, died after being stabbed in the chest in the coastal city of Alexandria, where anti-government protesters stormed an office of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
It was not clear what Pochter was doing at the protest, but Egyptian officials said he was carrying a small camera.
A statement on a Facebook page entitled “R.I.P Andrew Driscoll Pochter”, which appeared to have been posted by his family, said Pochter had travelled to Alexandria for the summer to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve his Arabic.
The page had also been posted on by colleagues of Pochter at the U.S. educational non-profit organisation where he was working.
The family statement read: “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding.”