Those who knew Alexis Kamerman, known as Lexie, have described her as fearless, and not taking any moment for granted. Her impact on their lives in Tucson made the news of her death in Kabul, Afghanistan all the more difficult for a community of people now living in different places.
"I think What I found to be really hard is the people who I love and care about the most who I also know love and care about Lexie are really far away right now, and we're all in different time zones and we're all finding out about it at different points and so you just kind of keep reliving it over and over and over again and wanting to be there for those people and you can't," said Whitney Mohr, a friend and former classmate who learned Sunday of Kamerman's death.
She was killed with 20 others in a Taliban attack on a restaurant in Kabul. Kamerman, 27, was dining at the popular Lebanese restaurant when officials say three terrorists carried out the ruthless and deadly attack. One set off explosives in front of the restaurant, followed by two gunmen who stormed the building and opened fire. Afghan police put an end to the attack by killing the gunmen.
Kamerman received her Masters in Higher Education from U of A in 2012, and last year moved to American University of Afghanistan. Already known to live life to the fullest, it was an adventure worthy of Kamerman.
"She was so excited, and for me, her excitement was always infectious, so, it didn't matter whether or not it was something I could have done, or probably would never have the courage to do, she was so excited that you couldn't help but be excited for her," Mohr said.
Mohr now lives in North Carolina. She said that news of Kamerman's death has many friends reaching over the miles to comfort each other over the loss of a woman who made their time at the U of A much more interesting.
"I can't imagine having spent my career at U of A and not having had her in it. And I think there are a lot of people who feel that way," Mohr said.
Mohr said those from the College of Education have been in contact and remembering just how close their connection at the U of A was because of Kamerman.
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