Friends and family mourned two former Navy SEALS from San Diego County who were among four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Glen Doherty, 42, of Encinitas, and Tyrone Woods, 41, of Imperial Beach, were killed Tuesday along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and one other American when an armed force attacked the consulate compound in Benghazi, according to the victim's friends. The Boston-born Doherty settled in Encinitas about four years ago.
Doherty's sister, Katie Quigley, told the Boston Herald that her brother was working for a private security firm contracted by the government to provide security at the consulate, and that he flew to Libya on Sept. 5. Friends said he also worked locally as a trainer at the CrossFIT/SEALFIT Gym in Encinitas.
His biography on the gym's website said he was a SEAL for nine years and retired in 2005.
Doherty told ABC News last month he was going to Libya to round up dangerous weapons, called MANPADS, and destroy them. MANPADS are shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.
Quigley called her brother and American hero, and added, "Glen lived his life to the fullest. He was my brother, but if you asked his friends, he was their brother as well,"
Woods, a SEAL for two decades, had sons ages 15 and 18, according to his ex-wife, U-T San Diego reported.
The newspaper reported that he owned The Salty Frog bar in Imperial Beach until 2009, and was an intensely private man.
Neighbors in his Imperial Beach neighborhood told 10News Woods and his wife recently had a baby.
"He was loved and he will be missed," said a neighbor who did not want to give her name. She cried as she told 10News she feels for his family.
Woods is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a La Jolla dentist.
Wood's ex-wife, Patricia So, of Poway, told 10News his death was an incredible surprise. Neither So, nor their two sons knew Woods was in Libya.
"He loved adrenaline. He was so skilled and intense about his job," So recalled. "You would never find a greater Navy SEAL."
The anti-American unrest that broke out this week in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and other Muslim countries is tied to a film that was made in Southern California and virtually unheard of until a segment of it appeared on YouTube.
"The Innocence of Muslims," regarded by those who have seen it as extremely amateurish, mocks the founder of Isman as a violent womanizer and child abuser.
SEALFIT issued the following statement regarding Doherty's death:
In light of the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the death of former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, all SEALFIT staff, members and friends give their utmost respect and condolences to the Doherty family.
We have the deepest respect for everything Doherty did for America and while overseas to further our overseas foreign policy. He was a great Coach and Mentor to many, including our SEALFIT family.
In regard to the Doherty family, at this time we are refraining from further comment or involvement in any media relative to this situation.