Peace Corps Volunteer In Lesotho Killed By Unknown Gunman

September 13th, 2010 - 8:04 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

Thomas Maresco September 13, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A Peace Corps Volunteer was killed in Lesotho informs the US Embassy located there. The volunteer had apparently been shot and killed in a robbery attempt.

The Embassy had identified the volunteer as Thomas Maresco a 24 year old recent graduate from the University of Florida. He had been working in the southern African country since last year. He succumbed to his injuries on the 3rd of September.

The embassy statement did not reveal much apart from the cause of death and the reason behind it as seemingly being an attempt to rob him.

Maresco had made himself useful in the impoverished mountainous country of Lesotho which is surrounded by the richer nation of South Africa. He worked as a high school teacher of science and had been engaged in teaching basketball and swimming to the children of the village. He had been one among the 90 volunteers working in the region. He had also been a representative of the Peace Corps Lesotho HIV/AIDS committee.

Maresco’s father is expected to fly out to Johannesburg on Tuesday in order to receive his son’s body and bring him home. The senior Maresco said that the flight has been arranged by the Peace Corps and the FBI but there were still questions about the trip. He answered the questions from the press outside his home at Port St. Lucie saying that he did not know when he could get back. The uncertainty about the entire thing is the most difficult part, he added.

Inspector Lekhotla Mojete of the Lesotho police informed CNN that Maresco had been accosted by a gunman while walking back with a female friend from a function at a hotel. The incident took place at the capital city of Maseru. The police were unable to trace the assailant after the woman reported the incident.

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