WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement regarding the attack in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens:

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the attack on our embassy in Libya, which took four innocent lives yesterday. We owe so much to our diplomats, who put their lives on the line every day in far corners of the Earth to represent America’s commitment to democracy, freedom, and cooperation abroad. Ambassador Stevens was instrumental in representing U.S. interests in Libya during tumultuous times, supporting the nation’s transition to democracy and adding a human touch to international relations.

My heart goes out to the families of those we lost yesterday. And though I am outraged that representatives of our peaceful mission would be attacked and killed, I remain committed to seeing a Libya that embraces democracy and freedom for all its people. The best thing we can do to ensure those four diplomats did not die in vain is to continue their mission of promoting and embracing a democratic Libya. Though they are no longer with us, may they live on through a legacy of peace, freedom, and justice in North Africa. I will work hard to make sure that the terrorists are brought to justice and that Libya understands that we expect their full cooperation.”