Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, 42, was among the four Americans killed Tuesday during an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.
Doherty, a Massachusetts native, lived in Encinitas, according to San Diego television station FOX 5 News.
Doherty's sister, Katie Quigley, told the Boston Globe:
“He was on security detail and he was protecting the ambassador and also helping the wounded’’ when he was killed.
Quigley told the Globe her brother spent seven years as a Navy SEAL. He left the Navy four years ago to work for a private security company.
Doherty also worked for SEALFIT gym in Encinitas as a trainer. According to his online bio, Doherty enjoyed flying planes and was a triathlete:
An accomplished pilot, Glen has his multi-engine, commercial, and instrument flight ratings. He holds a B.S. in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in aviation safety.
A former avid triathlete, Glen raced all distances—sprints to Ironman—including Ironman Canada in 2004, before retiring from the sport and taking up CrossFit and SEAlFIT.
The other two victims of the embassy attack have been identified as U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. According to CBS News, Smith was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.