Peace Corps Volunteer Shot Dead in Lesotho

A Peace Corps pin. Thomas Maresco, a volunteer for the U.S. organization, was killed in what the Peace Corps regarded as an attempted robbery. Photo by: Hryck / CC BY HryckCC BY

A U.S. aid worker was fatally shot in Lesotho in what is believed to be an attempted robbery, the U.S. Peace Corps said in a statement.

Peace Corps volunteer Thomas Maresco, 24, died on Sept. 3 in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru.

“The deceased was attending a farewell function at the Maseru Sun Cabanas Hotel … he and a female friend decided to return to the center on foot even though their vehicles were waiting outside the hotel,” Inspector Lekhotla Mojete, of the Lesotho police, told CNN in a phone interview from Maseru.

“The area the hotel is in is very safe – with not much crime, but we think they were observed leaving the hotel on foot and when they were returning, (an) assailant was waiting outside the Hotel,” Mojete said. “The stranger started making demands of them, which they didn’t fully understand and (the assailant) then shot the deceased.”

Mojete said, “We believe this was a robbery.”

Maresco was due to complete his Peace Corps service in January 2012. He served as a science teacher in Lesotho.

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