Campus / International / News / January 19, 2014

Knox graduate killed in Afghanistan

Alexis Kamerman, a graduate of Knox College’s Class of 2008, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday by Taliban gunmen who rushed into a popular restaurant and began shooting civilians.

21 people were killed in the attack, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned as a “flagrant breach of international humanitarian law.”

Kamerman was in the country working at the American University of Afghanistan as a student development specialist, hoping to help the country’s young women to receive an education.

Kamerman’s family released a statement to CNN, saying, “She was an amazing young woman — smart, strong, beautiful, funny, stubborn and kind. And fearless.”

At Knox she earned a double major in Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies, was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and played for the water polo team. She also studied abroad in Tanzania and participated in post-Katrina cleanup in New Orleans, which helped inspire her passion for social issues.

On the school’s official Facebook account, the college said that “she embodied the best values of a Knox education.”

After leaving Knox, she worked as Director of Membership Services for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) for two years before attending the University of Arizona, where she received a Master of Arts in Higher Education.

The commissioner of the CWPA, Dan Sharadin, said, “The CWPA family lost a wonderful person in Lexie and we are all grieving at this point. It is difficult to get your mind around such a senseless tragedy.”

A friend told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think she would want people to keep working for the right thing. To make sure women have an education. To make sure people like the Taliban didn’t win.”

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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