Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty Images, died yesterday from wounds suffered in a mortar attack in Misrata, Libya which also claimed the life of photojournalist Tim Hetherington and wounded two other photographers. Hondros, 41, had suffered a fatal brain injury and Getty issued a statement, "Chris never shied away from the front line, having covered the world’s major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception. We are working to support his family and his fiancée as they receive this difficult news, and are preparing to bring Chris back to his family and friends in the United States. He will be sorely missed."
Micah Garen, a war documentary filmmaker, knew both Hondros and Hetherington and told the Daily News, "The artistic and journalistic community has lost two shining stars. It's completely devastating." A friend who had recently been in Libya with Hondros told CNN that Hondros had e-mailed him earlier yesterday "basically saying that everything was fine and stable and he was enjoying his assignment and getting some good photographs."
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowtiz said, "Brooklyn extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Brooklyn-based, Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington and Brooklynite and war photographer Chris Hondros of Getty Images, both killed in Misrata, Libya, after being hit by mortar fire. These two men were doing what they did best—reporting to the world about the horrors of war. Mr. Hetherington was a proud Brooklynite by way of England, and Mr. Hondros recently photographed the AIDS quilt on display at Brooklyn Borough Hall for our World AIDS Day observance last December. I hope the loved ones of both of these brave men will be comforted by the prayers and thoughts of all of us grateful for their professional sacrifice."
According to BBC News, "Libyan rebels have overrun a post on the Tunisian border in a rare advance against government troops in the west of the country, reports say."