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PSL Peace Corps Volunteer Killed Overseas

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Posted by Paige Bresky --email

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) --- A Port St. Lucie Peace Corps volunteer was killed overseas Friday.

24-year-old Thomas Maresco died from a gunshot wound on September 3rd in Maseru, Lesitho.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, but at this time it appears it may have been an attempted robbery.

"Tom was an exceptional volunteer, leader, teacher and coach – he was an integral part of his host community where he shared his passion for teaching, music and sports," said Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and I ask that you keep Tom's family and our volunteers and staff in Lesotho in your thoughts and prayers."

Tom was a secondary education teacher in the village of Katse in the highlands district of Thaba-Tseka.

He arrived in Lesotho for Peace Corps service in November 2009.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Tom served as a science teacher in Lesotho.

He was an active member of his local community in Katse and coached youth in a number of sports including basketball and swimming.

Tom became his district's representative on the Peace Corps Lesotho HIV/AIDS committee and was committed to developing innovative ways to address HIV awareness and prevention among young people.

He was scheduled to complete his Peace Corps service in January 2012.

The Peace Corps is providing grief counseling and support to volunteers and staff.

There are currently 91 volunteers serving in Lesotho.

Over 2,100 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in Lesotho since 1967.

Volunteers in this Sub-Saharan African nation work in the fields of education and community health and economic development. Geographically, volunteers are distributed throughout all 10 districts of the country.

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