Knox College grad killed in terrorist attack

By WEEK Producer

Knox College grad killed in terrorist attack

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A young woman from Chicago was one of three Americans killed in Friday's terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

Lexie Kamerman's friends said she was passionate about helping people and Afghanistan was where she felt she needed to be.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, mourners came to the restaurant where 21 people died in the terrorist attack Friday.

Among the victims was 27-year-old Chicago native, Lexie Kamerman.

Mary O'Malley is one of Kamerman's long-time friends. She said helping others was part of Kamerman's fabric.

"Lexie was out there doing what she loved and what she felt most passionate about,” O’Malley said.

Kamerman's current passion was helping the young women of Afghanistan find their place in Afghan society. That is what she was doing at American University.

"She went where she knew she could make a difference,” O’Malley said.

Kamerman grew up in Wrigleyville, graduated from the Latin School of Chicago in 2004 and was a 2008 graduate of Knox College where she was active in several community service projects.

"She spent her Spring Breaks helping with Katrina relief,” said O’Malley.

“She was obviously in a very serious place but she had a very lighthearted approach to life and always looked for the positive,” said Laura Coffman, former coach and family friend.

A fearless, funny, smart young woman not afraid to pursue her passion even when it put her in harms way.

"If you knew her for a minute or 14 years or were blessed to have been part of her life forever, she greeted you the same type of smile,” O’Malley said.

Lexie Kamerman is the second Chicago-area woman killed in Afghanistan over the past year.