The sublime Marie Colvin, a 56-year-old veteran correspondent, was killed along with her friend and collaborator French photojournalist Remi Ochlik in Syria, where they have been covering the revolution. Colvin, originally from New York, worked for The Sunday Times of London. She was reported to have been trying to retrieve her shoes, which as custom dictates she had left at the front door so she could escape the shelling that had begun. Every report of her demise described her as courageous and dedicated to the story.
The UK's Guardian carried the following: Colvin writes, "Covering a war means going to places torn by chaos, destruction and death, and trying to bear witness. It means trying to find the truth in a sandstorm of propaganda when armies, tribes or terrorists clash. And yes, it means taking risks, not just for yourself but often for the people who work closely with you."