TRIPOLI, Libya (December 5, 2013) A teacher from Texas was shot to death Thursday while jogging in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, Libyan officials said.
Ronnie Smith was a chemistry teacher at Benghazi's International School for the past year and a half, the Austin Stone Community Church said in a statement.
Smith used to work at the church.
The U.S. State Department confirmed that Smith was killed while jogging.
Dave Barrett, an executive pastor at the Austin church, says Smith's wife and son were in Texas with family at the time of his death.
The University of Texas says Smith graduated from the school in 2006 with a master's in chemistry.
A security official earlier said the man taught chemistry at the city's International School, a Libyan-owned institute that follows an American curriculum.
No one has claimed responsibility for the teacher's killing, but the security official, Ibrahim al-Sharaa, says the teacher was jogging near the U.S. Consulate, where the American ambassador and three other Americans were killed by Islamic militants last September.