OSWEGO, NY – SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley today (April 23) expressed the college community’s sorrow on receiving the terrible news of the death of former political science professor Warren Weinstein while being held captive by Al Qaeda in the Pakistan – Afghanistan border region.
Dr. Weinstein taught at SUNY Oswego in the 1970s and left Oswego in 1979 to work with U.S. AID on behalf of people in developing countries, concentrating on economic development, according to a college spokesperson.
President Stanley said: “Dr. Weinstein devoted his life to making the world a better place. He left us to serve others in some of the world’s most impoverished and troubled regions. His life was an inspiration that will not die. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Dr. Weinstein, had reportedly been held by al-Qaeda since 2011.
An Al-Qaeda leader and a member of the group were also killed in the raid as was a second hostage.
In Washington, DC, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the two hostages killed by a U.S. drone strike:
“I am deeply saddened by the news that Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American hostage who had lived and taught in New York, was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Dr. Weinstein devoted his life to rebuilding war-ravaged communities, and his tragic death underscores both his bravery and sacrifice. My prayers are with his family, as well as with the family of Giovanni Lo Porta, an Italian hostage whose life was also taken. I have requested further information from the White House for specific details on this terrible incident.”