Chief Defender of the Faith
- May 1, 2001
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- The Forbidden Zone
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I have just learned that Vile Rat, senior leader of Goonswarm and former member of the EVE Online Council of Stellar Management was killed during the embassy attack in Benghazi. Many people knew Vile Rat personally or had fought against him in EVE Online and this is a real tragedy for his family and a loss for the gaming community.
goonfleet said:My people, I have greivous news. Vile Rat has been confirmed to be KIA in Benghazi; his family has been informed and the news is likely to break out on the wire services soon. Needless to say, we are in shock, have no words, and have nothing but sympathy for his family and children. I have known Vile Rat since 2006, he was one of the oldest of old-guard goons and one of the best and most effective diplomats this game has ever seen. His family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Eurogamer said:The US official killed during a US consulate attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi was Sean Smith, otherwise known Eve Online player Vile Rat – director of the notorious Goonswarm alliance and former member of the player-elected Council of Stellar Management.
BBC News reported that armed militiamen raided the compound with grenades and then set it on fire. They had been protesting about a US-produced film they claimed insulted the Prophet Mohammed. One other American was injured.
TenTonHammer said:This week the EVE Online community mourns the loss of one of its own as Sean Smith, better known to the EVE community as Vile Rat and a former member of the Council of Stellar Management, was one of four people killed this week by a mob attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya Tuesday night.
EVE Online Forums said:There are several forums regarding a final farewell for Sean Smith, fellow gamer and diplo in the EvE online community. He gave his life for his country doing what he loved and brought that talent into the EvE community.
If you would like to show tribute and respects, please join us online Saturday Sept 15th 2012 in major market hubs Amarr and Jita.
Godspeed, Vile Rat.Massively said:All too often, we read news of conflict in other countries with an impersonal detachment, as if it's so far away that it will never touch our lives in any significant way. Mainstream media twists each event into a political message with the same detachment, forgetting the reality of the lives that are destroyed every day. This morning that fact was brought home as we read news of a US official killed in an attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi.
Just a few hours ago, EVE Online alliance GoonSwarm released a statement that the US official killed was apparently GoonSwarm director and former Council of Stellar Management member Sean "Vile Rat" Smith.