EMU Graduate Killed in Afghanistan Shooting

By: Philip Townsend Email
By: Philip Townsend Email

Just weeks ago, Harrisonburg resident Lisa Schirch visited with her friend and fellow peace worker, Glen Lapp, in Afghanistan.

Sunday, she got word of his death - Lapp is one of ten people killed in a shooting believed to be led by the Taliban.

Schirch says, "it's a terrible loss that this team that is helping people has been taken away from other Afghans who actually really need their medical care."

Schirch met Lapp last December.

She was teaching peace building in Kabul, and he worked with a charity that provides eye care and medical help in poor areas of Afghanistan.

"Glen was extremely gentle, compassionate, and very service oriented. He very much wanted to use his life to help others," adds Schirch.

Lapp was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and had a number of friends in the area.

Luke Schrock-Hurst with the Mennonite Central Committee says the community has been hit hard by news of his death.

Schrock-Hurst adds, "It's shock and disbelief and grief that a young worker has been taken."

Lapp will be remembered for his sacrifice and the thousands of people he helped while overseas.

Schirch says, "He knew the risks he was taking. All of us that go to Afghanistan know there are risks. But he was very careful."

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