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Uganda bomb victim's family: 'The pain is immense'

Posted July 13, 2010

— A U.S. humanitarian worker killed in terrorist bombings in Uganada died while doing the ministry that brought him the most joy, his family said Tuesday.

Nate Henn was a Christian who was helping the children of northern Uganda affected by years of war. He was on a rugby field in Kampala with some of those children Sunday when he was hit by shrapnel from one of the blasts, according to aid group Invisible Children.

"We are devastated by the loss of Nate in the terrorist attack in Uganda, and the pain is immense," the family said. "We could not be more proud of our son and brother, and of the man that he was and the life that he lived."

Nate Henn was among 74 people killed by explosions that tore through crowds watching the World Cup final over the weekend.

Family members say they are blessed that they did not lose Henn's brother, Kyle, who was injured in a plane crash Monday while traveling to Raleigh to be with the family. The pilot of the plane was killed and another person is in critical condition.

"Our prayers and wishes go out to the men that died and were injured in providing help to our family," the Henn family said.

Nate Henn, 25, who played rugby at the University of Delaware, had spent the last year traveling to campuses and churches to raise money and seek volunteers for work in Uganda. His family said people can make a donation to Invisible Children in his honor.

"Nate’s legacy is the pursuit of peace and a future for the children of Uganda and the Congo," the family said. "We glow with pride at the man he was, and while we mourn today, we will celebrate him forever. We hope people will feel compelled to join his legacy and support others to live this life of service."

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  • xchief661 Jul 13, 2010

    Yes I realize that a little too late but Im trying to get the first post removed. I apologize to the family for the post and my thoughts and prayers to them for the loss of their son, and for their son who is recovering.

  • xchief661 Jul 13, 2010

    I know sorry about that Im trying to get it removed.

  • ratherbnnc Jul 13, 2010

    Uh xchief661, The one from the plane crash is still alive!!

  • com_mon_sents Jul 13, 2010

    It certainly is a huge loss, we need so many like him in this world today. Hard to understand why people like him are taken away from us, people like him that actually care and are trying to make a difference in this world. However we are left here on Earth seeing people get 2nd and 3rd chances for doing no good for mankind, like a certain woman in the news this week.