Beloit College creates memorial fund for Somers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 12, 2014 at 4:12 a.m.



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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Beloit College has created a memorial fund for graduate Luke Somers, a photojournalist who was killed in Yemen during a U.S. rescue attempt against his captors.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1IIsaG0 ) the college said Thursday the Luke Somers Memorial Fund will honor Somers and his work. The fund will provide financial assistance to students pursuing study abroad opportunities, especially students studying people and cultures of the Middle East.

Somers, 33, was a member of the graduating class of 2008 and earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He was working as a freelance photojournalist in Yemen when he was captured by an affiliate group from al-Qaida in September 2013.

A memorial ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at Eaton Chapel on the college's campus.

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