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Slain Ambassador Was Born and Raised in Northern Calif.

(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- The U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in an attack in that country on Tuesday had ties to the Bay Area.

According to the U.S. State Department's website, Ambassador Christopher Stevens was born and raised in northern California and earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982, before moving on to the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in 1989, where he earned a J.D. Later, he received a M.S. from the National War College in 2010.

Stevens, 52, died Tuesday night as 20 gun-wielding attackers descended on the U.S. consulate, firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, Libya's Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif told a news conference in Benghazi.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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