San Francisco City Hall should be packed this afternoon with thousands of grieving locals who want to pay their respect to Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, who was savagely killed in an attack last month.
The 52-year-old Bay Area native died along with three other Americans in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Stevens, who was appointed to his post earlier this year, died from smoke inhalation following the grenade attack.
Today's 4:30 p.m. memorial is expected to draw many local dignitaries, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who will give opening remarks, according to Stevens' family.
Stevens graduated from Piedmont High School in 1978 and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history. He received his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1989.
The popular diplomat was killed in response to an American-made video which mocked Islam's founding prophet, Muhammad. The roughly 14-minute video, titled "The Innocence of Muslims," was released on the Internet, provoking the attacks on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.
In lieu of bringing flowers, you can make a donation through the family's website to the J. Christopher Stevens Fund to help build bridges between the U.S. and the Middle East.