21-year-old Ohio college student killed while interning in Egypt

CINCINNATI -- A 21-year-old Ohio college student was killed Friday in Egypt during violent clashes between government supporters and opponents.

The State Department Saturday morning said Andrew Pochter, a student at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, was was stabbed to death while photographing battles in Alexandria between supporters and foes of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Gambier is a village in Knox County, northeast of Columbus -- about two and a half hours from Cincinnati.

Kenyon College said in a statement on its website that Pochter was from Chevy Chase, Md., working in Egypt as an intern for a non-profit education organization.

Pochter's family says the he spent his spring semester studying in Jordan. He was teaching English to children before a planned return this fall to Kenyon College, where he majored in religious studies and co-managed the Hillel House Jewish organization.

His family says he cared deeply about Middle East culture and "planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding."

His family also described him as a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and ways to share his talents.

The department issued a warning advising Americans to defer nonessential travel to Egypt because of the continuing violence there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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