Blue Ridge School Graduate Killed in Egypt During Protest
An American college student killed in Egypt had ties to central Virginia.
Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Pochter of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was stabbed to death Friday in Alexandria during clashes between government supporters and opponents.
Pochter graduated from the Blue Ridge School in Greene County where he played lacrosse and soccer.
Pochter was teaching English to children before he planned to return this fall to Kenyon College in Ohio where he majored in religious studies and co-managed the Hillel House Jewish organization.
Statement from the Blue Ridge School
It is with saddened hearts that we learned of the death of Andrew Pochter who was killed Friday, June 28, in Alexandria, Egypt, during an antigovernment uprising. Andrew was in Egypt working as a summer intern teaching children English. Andrew graduated from Blue Ridge School in 2010, receiving the Foreign Language Award at Commencement. He was a senior Prefect, Secretary of his senior class, a member of the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams.
Following graduation he completed a gap year working with the U.S. State Department in Morocco. He was attending Kenyon College.
Headmaster Trip Darrin writes: "The Blue Ridge School community is deeply saddened at the shocking news of the death of Andrew Pochter. Andrew was an exemplary student and a young man of exceptional character. I am proud that he is a Blue Ridge alumnus.
In electing to share his language skills as a student and teacher abroad, Andrew Pochter is a tremendous example to fellow alumni and current BRS students.
Andrew's untimely death is nothing short of tragic. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pochter family. We grieve together."
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