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'Great bravery and resolve.' Reaction to the death of Terry Anderson, AP reporter held hostage

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'Great bravery and resolve.' Reaction to the death of Terry Anderson, AP reporter held hostage
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'Great bravery and resolve.' Reaction to the death of Terry Anderson, AP reporter held hostage

2024-04-22 08:25 Last Updated At:09:10

A courageous correspondent who reported from the world's trouble spots. A supporter of humanitarian causes. A good friend.

Those were among the reactions to the death of Terry Anderson, the former chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press. Anderson was one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was abducted from Lebanon in 1985 and held for almost seven years. Anderson, 76, died Sunday in Greenwood Lake, New York, of complications from recent heart surgery.

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FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, center, carries his daughter Sulome, 6, through a crunch of the New York media upon arrival to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. At left is Sulome's mother, Madeleine Bassil, and at immediate right is Associated Press President Lou Boccardi. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

A courageous correspondent who reported from the world's trouble spots. A supporter of humanitarian causes. A good friend.

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center right, hugs Associated Press Deputy International Editor Nick Tatro, his predecessor in Beirut, outside the Associated Press headquarters in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center right, hugs Associated Press Deputy International Editor Nick Tatro, his predecessor in Beirut, outside the Associated Press headquarters in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - AP chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, smiles broadly upon his arrival at the Wiesbaden Air Force hospital in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991, a day after being released by his abductors in Beirut, where he was held captive for almost seven years. Anderson died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

FILE - AP chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, smiles broadly upon his arrival at the Wiesbaden Air Force hospital in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991, a day after being released by his abductors in Beirut, where he was held captive for almost seven years. Anderson died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, accompanied by his daughter Sulome, not shown, and her mother, Madeleine Bassil, arrives to a festive welcome, Dec. 12, 1991, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, accompanied by his daughter Sulome, not shown, and her mother, Madeleine Bassil, arrives to a festive welcome, Dec. 12, 1991, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press Middle East chief correspondent Terry Anderson, center left, hugs colleague Jim Abrams during a visit to the Washington bureaus of The Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 12, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press Middle East chief correspondent Terry Anderson, center left, hugs colleague Jim Abrams during a visit to the Washington bureaus of The Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 12, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)

FILE - Wearing a "Hello World" sweatshirt printed with his picture, former hostage Terry Anderson greets happy colleagues, Dec. 10, 1991, at The Associated Press headquarters in New York, as he walks with his arm around fiancée Madeleine Bassil, center right. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

FILE - Wearing a "Hello World" sweatshirt printed with his picture, former hostage Terry Anderson greets happy colleagues, Dec. 10, 1991, at The Associated Press headquarters in New York, as he walks with his arm around fiancée Madeleine Bassil, center right. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

FILE - Terry Anderson, who was the longest held American hostage in Lebanon, grins with his 6-year-old daughter Sulome, Dec. 4, 1991, as they leave the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Damascus, Syria, following Anderson's release. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Terry Anderson, who was the longest held American hostage in Lebanon, grins with his 6-year-old daughter Sulome, Dec. 4, 1991, as they leave the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Damascus, Syria, following Anderson's release. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, the Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent, smiles during a news conference despite his broken glasses, Dec. 6, 1991, in Damascus, Syria. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, the Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent, smiles during a news conference despite his broken glasses, Dec. 6, 1991, in Damascus, Syria. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson waves to the crowd as he rides in a parade in Lorain, Ohio, June 22, 1992. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson waves to the crowd as he rides in a parade in Lorain, Ohio, June 22, 1992. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

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“Terry was deeply committed to on-the-ground eyewitness reporting and demonstrated great bravery and resolve, both in his journalism and during his years held hostage. We are so appreciative of the sacrifices he and his family made as the result of his work.” - Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor of the AP.

“The word ‘hero’ gets tossed around a lot but applying it to Terry Anderson just enhances it. His six-and-a-half-year ordeal as a hostage of terrorists was as unimaginable as it was real — chains, being transported from hiding place to hiding place strapped to the chassis of a truck, given often inedible food, cut off from the world he reported on with such skill and caring.” - Louis D. Boccardi, the president and chief executive officer of the AP at the time of Anderson's captivity.

“He never liked to be called a hero, but that’s what everyone persisted in calling him." - Sulome Anderson, daughter. “Though my father’s life was marked by extreme suffering during his time as a hostage in captivity, he found a quiet, comfortable peace in recent years. I know he would choose to be remembered not by his very worst experience, but through his humanitarian work with the Vietnam Children’s Fund, the Committee to Protect Journalists, homeless veterans and many other incredible causes.”

“Our relationship was much broader and deeper, and more important and meaningful, than just that one incident,” Don Mell, former AP photographer who was with Anderson when gun-toting kidnappers dragged him from his car in Lebanon.

“Through his life and his work, Terry Anderson reminded us that journalism is a dangerous business, and foreign correspondents, in particular, take great personal risk to keep the public informed. ... For many years, Mr. Anderson had the distinction of being the longest held U.S. journalist hostage. He lived to see that unfortunate record eclipsed by journalist Austin Tice, currently held in Syria for nearly 12 years. When Anderson was kidnapped, the Press Club flew a banner across its building to remind journalists and the public of his plight. Similarly the Club now has a banner for Austin Tice." - statement of the National Press Club.

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, center, carries his daughter Sulome, 6, through a crunch of the New York media upon arrival to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. At left is Sulome's mother, Madeleine Bassil, and at immediate right is Associated Press President Lou Boccardi. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, center, carries his daughter Sulome, 6, through a crunch of the New York media upon arrival to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. At left is Sulome's mother, Madeleine Bassil, and at immediate right is Associated Press President Lou Boccardi. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center right, hugs Associated Press Deputy International Editor Nick Tatro, his predecessor in Beirut, outside the Associated Press headquarters in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center right, hugs Associated Press Deputy International Editor Nick Tatro, his predecessor in Beirut, outside the Associated Press headquarters in New York, Dec. 10, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting AP correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - AP chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, smiles broadly upon his arrival at the Wiesbaden Air Force hospital in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991, a day after being released by his abductors in Beirut, where he was held captive for almost seven years. Anderson died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

FILE - AP chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, smiles broadly upon his arrival at the Wiesbaden Air Force hospital in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991, a day after being released by his abductors in Beirut, where he was held captive for almost seven years. Anderson died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, accompanied by his daughter Sulome, not shown, and her mother, Madeleine Bassil, arrives to a festive welcome, Dec. 12, 1991, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, accompanied by his daughter Sulome, not shown, and her mother, Madeleine Bassil, arrives to a festive welcome, Dec. 12, 1991, at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press Middle East chief correspondent Terry Anderson, center left, hugs colleague Jim Abrams during a visit to the Washington bureaus of The Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 12, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)

FILE - Former hostage and Associated Press Middle East chief correspondent Terry Anderson, center left, hugs colleague Jim Abrams during a visit to the Washington bureaus of The Associated Press in Washington, Dec. 12, 1991. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)

FILE - Wearing a "Hello World" sweatshirt printed with his picture, former hostage Terry Anderson greets happy colleagues, Dec. 10, 1991, at The Associated Press headquarters in New York, as he walks with his arm around fiancée Madeleine Bassil, center right. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

FILE - Wearing a "Hello World" sweatshirt printed with his picture, former hostage Terry Anderson greets happy colleagues, Dec. 10, 1991, at The Associated Press headquarters in New York, as he walks with his arm around fiancée Madeleine Bassil, center right. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)

FILE - Terry Anderson, who was the longest held American hostage in Lebanon, grins with his 6-year-old daughter Sulome, Dec. 4, 1991, as they leave the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Damascus, Syria, following Anderson's release. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Terry Anderson, who was the longest held American hostage in Lebanon, grins with his 6-year-old daughter Sulome, Dec. 4, 1991, as they leave the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Damascus, Syria, following Anderson's release. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, the Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent, smiles during a news conference despite his broken glasses, Dec. 6, 1991, in Damascus, Syria. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson, the Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent, smiles during a news conference despite his broken glasses, Dec. 6, 1991, in Damascus, Syria. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024, at age 76. (AP Photo/Santiago Lyon, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson waves to the crowd as he rides in a parade in Lorain, Ohio, June 22, 1992. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

FILE - Former hostage Terry Anderson waves to the crowd as he rides in a parade in Lorain, Ohio, June 22, 1992. Anderson, the globe-trotting Associated Press correspondent who became one of America’s longest-held hostages after he was snatched from a street in war-torn Lebanon in 1985 and held for nearly seven years, died Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was 76. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The 19 fourth-graders and two teachers killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, are being remembered as the second anniversary of the one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history is marked.

“They should still be with us — playing sports, creating art, dancing, laughing, learning, teaching, and making new memories with their families and friends,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a statement. “Today, we are remembering their stories, standing with their loved ones, and thinking of their community."

Community members are set to gather Friday evening at a vigil to remember those killed on May 24, 2022, when a teenage gunman burst into classrooms at Robb Elementary School and began shooting. Other events have included a bell ringing and butterfly release at a local church.

Earlier this week, the families of 19 of the victims filed a $500 million federal lawsuit against nearly 100 state police officers who were part of the botched law enforcement response to the shooting. The families said they also agreed to a $2 million settlement with the city, under which city leaders promised higher standards and better training for local police.

The federal lawsuit is the latest of several seeking accountability for the law enforcement response. More than 370 federal, state and local officers converged on the scene, but they waited more than 70 minutes before confronting the shooter.

Terrified students inside the classroom called 911 as agonized parents begged officers — some of whom could hear shots being fired while they stood in a hallway — to go in. A tactical team of officers eventually went into the classroom and killed the shooter.

Javier Cazares, the father of slain 9-year-old Jackie Cazares, said during a news conference announcing the lawsuit and settlement on Wednesday: “It’s been an unbearable two years. ... No amount of money is worth the lives of our children. Justice and accountability has always been my main concern.”

It is the first lawsuit to be filed after a 600-page Justice Department report was released in January that catalogued “cascading failures” in training, communication, leadership and technology problems that day.

FILE - A heart-shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. The 19 fourth-graders and two teachers killed at the elementary school are being remembered, Friday, May 24, 2024 as the second anniversary of the one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history is marked. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

FILE - A heart-shaped balloon flies decorating a memorial site outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. The 19 fourth-graders and two teachers killed at the elementary school are being remembered, Friday, May 24, 2024 as the second anniversary of the one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history is marked. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

FILE - Reggie Daniels pays his respects a memorial at Robb Elementary School, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. The 19 fourth-graders and two teachers killed at the elementary school are being remembered, Friday, May 24, 2024 as the second anniversary of the one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history is marked. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

FILE - Reggie Daniels pays his respects a memorial at Robb Elementary School, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. The 19 fourth-graders and two teachers killed at the elementary school are being remembered, Friday, May 24, 2024 as the second anniversary of the one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history is marked. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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