Arrest in Benghazi investigation brings some closure to family of U.S. ambassador

CREATED Jun 18, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in an attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

Monday, the Pentagon announced the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala, the man believed to be the mastermind of the attack that day, bringing some much needed relief to the ambassador's family.
 
"It was always up and down," said Donald Slicer, Ambassador Stevens' uncle. In the nearly two years since the attack, he and the rest of the family have endured partisan bickering and long periods of uncertainty, wondering if anyone involved in the attack would ever be brought to justice.
 
Slicer admits to being more than a little frustrated with the United States government, wondering if Stevens' attackers would ever be found.
 
"For me the United States is known for being the country where the cavalry always comes over the hill. And it just didn't happen. It didn't happen."
 
But now, the tide is turning.
 
"Karma seems to be finally working," said Slicer. "I certainly hope he receives an appropriate punishment for what he did."
 
In the mean time, he and the rest of the Stevens' extended family are taking time to remember the man they lost.
 
"He was really a class act," said Slicer. "He was exactly the kind of person you'd want as ambassador representing the United States."