ETHIOPIA: US citizen killed by rock-hurling protesters identified
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ETHIOPIA: US citizen killed by rock-hurling protesters identified

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A day after the US embassy revealed that one of its citizens was killed in the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa when she was struck by a rock thrown by demonstrators in the Oromiya region, the University of California, Davis officials say the victims is a postdoctoral researcher in the university’s plant biology department.

The university said in a statement Wednesday, that Sharon Gray was in the East African country for a meeting about her research when she was killed, Tuesday, while traveling in a car in the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa.

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According to the university, what happened was unclear but spokesman Andy Fell confirmed to the Sacramento Bee that Gray was the American, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia confirmed was killed in an area that has seen months of deadly protests.

According to a statement earlier issued by the US embassy, the victim was hit by a huge rock thrown by people in the area while she was driving past but did not give further details of the incident and the identity of the victim in its message.

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