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Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Diplomat identified as 1st American quake victim


Associated Press

WASHINGTON The first American reported killed by the earthquake in Haiti was a foreign service officer crushed when her home collapsed.

Victoria DeLong, 57, of California, died Tuesday, said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. DeLong, a 27-year diplomat, was a cultural affairs officer and had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince since last year. No hometown was immediately available.
Crowley said three other Americans were known to be missing and that the embassy had made contact with nearly 1,000 U.S. citizens in Haiti, a small fraction of the estimated 45,000 there.