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DAVIS, CA - The United States ambassador to Libya who was killed during attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, had connections to the Davis area, according to a family friend.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was reportedly killed Tuesday nightwhen he and three other U.S. officials were trying to help consulate employees escape a group of radical protestors, angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

It was revealed on Wednesday morning that Stevensgrew up in Davis and still had ties to the area.

"He was a good man who believed in diplomacy and peace," saidthe wife of Davis resident and longtime friend of Stevens, John Natsoulas.

According to Stevens' bio from the State Dept., the career diplomat was a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He arrived in Tripoli in May 2012 as U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Ambassador Stevens served twice previously in Libya. He served as Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council from March 2011 to November 2011 during the Libyan revolution and as the Deputy Chief of Mission from 2007 to 2009.

Stevens alsotaught English as a Peace Corps. Volunteer in Morocco from 1983 to 1985.

"As far as I know, he was making strides in Libya," Natsoulas'wifeexplained. "It's a very sad day for my husband and our family."