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Father of Slain State Dept. Official: 'I Want Answers'

9:10 AM, Oct 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The father of slain State Department official Sean Smith says, "I want answers. ... I want to know how he died. I want people brought to justice who did this to him."

Sean Smith was one of the four Americans killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Smith was information management officer at the State Department. 

Smith's father, Ray Smith, made the comments to the Tampa Tribune.

Ray Smith, who was working to repair his broken relationship with his son, found out about Sean Smith's death on TV. The Tribune reports: 

Smith was furious to learn about his son's death on TV, and he wanted answers about what had happened. So he reached out to his congressman, Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young.

"He blew up when he saw that," Young said. "I went to [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton to see if she could talk to him about his son. She and his son were friends."

Clinton had Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy call Smith, Young said.

"I got a call from Patrick Kennedy about three weeks ago," said Smith. "He sent me a form letter and a flag. That was it. 'I am so sorry about your son.' We didn't talk too long, about two or three minutes."

The call did little to soothe the grieving father.

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