WOBURN (AP) -- A local family is mourning a former Navy SEAL who was among four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
Kate Quigley, speaking from her mother’s home in Woburn, just north of Boston, said Thursday that her late brother, Glen Doherty, led a full life.
"Our family would like to thank everyone for their love and support," Quigley read from a prepared statement. "Glen lived his life to the fullest. He was my brother, but if you ask his friends he was their brother as well. We ask for privacy during this time as we grieve our friend, my brother, our brother, our son and our American hero."
Doherty, who was 42, co-wrote a 2010 book called "The 21st Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide," about how to become a good marksman. An updated version of the book is scheduled to be published in January, according to Doherty’s co-author, Brandon Webb.
Webb, also a former Navy SEAL, called his late friend "a true quiet professional" who also knew how to have fun and loved anything involving recreation.
"Don’t feel sorry for him, he wouldn’t have it," Webb wrote in a statement on Thursday. "He died serving with men he respected, protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and doing something he loved."
A publisher’s note about the book’s authors describes Doherty as a combat-decorated SEAL who served in the Navy for nine years.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown released a statement saying Doherty "died fighting to protect Americans at the consulate" and "served our country heroically."
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans also died in the attack on the consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday. U.S. officials, working with the Libyan government, are examining whether the assault on the consulate by well-armed Libyan extremists was a planned terrorist strike.
Quigley told The Boston Globe her brother was working for a detail for a private security company when he died. She also told the newspaper he was a sniper when the U.S. military rescued Army Private Jessica Lynch in Iraq in 2003 and played a part in breaching palaces of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Friends and public officials, including Woburn’s police chief and state Rep. James Dwyer, D-Woburn, stopped by the home of Doherty’s mother to offer condolences.