By Meghashyam Mali - 04/15/13 12:08 PM EDT
"She tragically gave her young life working to give young Afghans the opportunity to have a better future.”
Smedinghoff was the first U.S. diplomat killed since the deadly September 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed four lives.
Kerry contacted her parents Tom and Mary Beth shortly before leaving for Turkey and the start of his overseas trip, but will meet them personally on Monday.
In Tokyo yesterday, his last stop in Asia, Kerry told embassy staff that Smedinghoff was killed “by terrorism – the worst kind of nihilism.”
"It doesn't stand for anything except killing people and stopping the future," Kerry said, according to a report from the Associated Press. "And so we're not going to be deterred. We're going to be inspired. And we're going to use Anne's idealism as another motivation."