Shortly after filing a report for CNN from the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, Marie Colvin was killed by shelling which was reported to have come from Syrian government forces. Colvin, a reporter for the Sunday Times of London, was a native of Long Island.
Colvin, 55, was no stranger to war zones. She lost an eye to shrapnel while covering hostilities in Sri Lanka in 2001. She had covered the civil war in Libya last year which toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
“The Syrian army is shelling the city of cold, starving civilians,” Colvin told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in her final report. She and other reporters on the scene had disputed Syrian government claims that it was shelling opposition military targets. Rather, they said, the military was slaughtering civilians in the city, which is a major center of opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Also killed in Wednesday’s shelling was French news photographer Remi Ochlik, age 28.