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Personal: Tragedies and Threats of Tragedies

Really been thrown the last few days, with amea's horrific entry about witnessing her roommate's receiving the news of her mother and grandmother's carjacking and murder, and with fears that Frannie Fleming's recent delivery of Max Michael Fleming had resulted in a meningitis infection, and her hospitalization with spinal/headache pain had her having to have horrible, "if I'm dead in the next 24 hours" conversations with Kev. Thankfully, in that situation, it looks like it's not meningitis, at least. The question of what is going on is still out there, though. Yet it looks like it might have toned down enough that Kev may end up making his Wednesday business trip to Chicago, after all, where I had plans to join him for dinner in the Signature Room that night, and then late talk staying up with him at the James.

So that made for an emotional last 36 hours, with all the strange feelings of seeing one of those all-too-common tragedies you see on the news now hitting home and feeling all the more horrifically real because it touches the life of someone you know. I was flashing back to Julie's being carjacked at the end of May, and again being overwhelmed with relief that she survived unscathed, save for the terror of it all. A Sunday dinner with Julie, and Patrick and Miggie's announcement of the birth of Patrick Clemency McCurry were shining moments of happiness that seemed unfairly obscured by the horror or threat of these messages that started developing later in the night.

U.S. Embassy Carjacking in Kenya; 2 Dead
Jan 27, 3:05 PM (ET)

Kenyan police officers take samples from the area where two women were killed Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Kinoo, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Nairobi. Gunmen carjacked a U.S. Embassy vehicle on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Saturday, killing two women in the car, police said. A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Nairobi, said she could not comment because of privacy concerns. Police withheld the women's names until next of kin could be notified. (AP Photo)

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen carjacked a U.S. Embassy vehicle on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Saturday and killed the wife of an embassy employee and his mother-in-law. Police later killed two of the carjackers.

Carjackings are common around Nairobi, and Kenya's government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, said Saturday's violence was believed to be "a random attack."

"The thugs ordered the two women out but they hesitated," said Isaiah Osugo, a criminal investigator. "Then they were shot."

The victims were the wife and mother-in-law of a U.S. Embassy employee, said Robert Kerr, an embassy spokesman.

"These were people who loved Kenya," Kerr said. He did not provide other details.

The attackers, who were armed with assault rifles, escaped with the embassy vehicle, said Francis Munyambu, Nairobi's deputy provisional police officer. Police later killed two of the carjackers, police spokesman Gideon Kibunja said.

Earlier in the day, the men commandeered another vehicle along the same road, according to Munyambu.

"Four men with AK-47s carjacked me," Michael Madine said. After being interviewed by police he told The Associated Press that one of the carjackers stayed in the car with him while the others attacked the embassy vehicle.

"I heard one of the women screaming and then I heard three gunshots," Madine said, adding that the assailants then fled.

The shooting happened just off a highway in Kinoo, about 12 miles outside Nairobi. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw two pools of blood on the roadside.

In September, the chief U.S. military attache was shot and seriously wounded in a carjacking in Nairobi. Russia's ambassador was stabbed in a robbery on Aug. 20. A month earlier, a Danish diplomat was attacked and robbed.
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