Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Thomas Maresco

From news release:

WAS Peace Corps volunteer Tom Maresco.HINGTON, D.C., Sept. 4, 2010 – Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams is saddened to announce the death of Peace Corps volunteer Thomas “Tom” Maresco in Lesotho. Tom, 24, died as a result of a gunshot wound on Sept. 3 in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. The investigation into this incident is ongoing, but at this time it appears it may have been an attempted robbery.
“Tom was an exceptional volunteer, leader, teacher and coach – he was an integral part of his host community where he shared his passion for teaching, music and sports,” said Director Williams. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and I ask that you keep Tom’s family and our volunteers and staff in Lesotho in your thoughts and prayers.” Peace Corps volunteer Tom Maresco.

Tom, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was a secondary education teacher in the village of Katse in the highlands district of Thaba-Tseka. He arrived in Lesotho for Peace Corps service in November 2009. A graduate of the University of Florida, Tom served as a science teacher in Lesotho. He was an active member of his local community in Katse and coached youth in a number of sports including basketball and swimming. Tom became his district’s representative on the Peace Corps Lesotho HIV/AIDS committee and was committed to developing innovative ways to address HIV awareness and prevention among young people. He was scheduled to complete his Peace Corps service in January 2012.

The Peace Corps is providing grief counseling and support to volunteers and staff.

The Peace Corps works closely with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security operations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other federal agencies to support, as appropriate, the investigations conducted by host country law enforcement. Crimes committed against Peace Corps volunteers overseas generally fall under the legal jurisdiction of the government of the country in which the crime was committed. In this case, the government of Lesotho will conduct the investigation into this crime.

There are currently 91 volunteers serving in Lesotho. Over 2,100 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in Lesotho since 1967. Volunteers in this Sub-Saharan African nation work in the fields of education and community health and economic development. Geographically, volunteers are distributed throughout all 10 districts of the country.

6 thoughts on “Peace Corps Mourns the Loss of Volunteer Thomas Maresco”

  1. What a tragedy!! How close to the hotel did this shooting occur? I hope that the other volunteers and staff will be well cared for as they grieve the loss of their colleague. Please provide follow up reports! I know the young woman who was with him and fled to the hotel to seek help. We are concerned for her and all those who will be impacted. Is there a way to send cards of sympathy? thanks. PMB

  2. Tragic beyond words. What a terrible loss for Tom’s family, friends, Lesotho and the world. R.I.P.

  3. Tragic beyond words. What a terrible and senseloss loss for Tom’s family, friends, Lesotho, Peace Corps and the world. Elizabeth Cohen, 2005-2007

  4. Please extend my condolences to Tom’s family and friends.

    – David Glaub (RPCV, Philippines (96-98))

  5. Devastating. There is no way to express how much.
    Tom, you will be so missed!!!
    (RPCV, Lesotho, 2008-2010)

  6. I can’t believe what happened…
    I didn’t know Tom, but i m crying crying crying after the news reached me while going around the world.
    To the parents, family, friends, you can be really proud of your son and friend, he died as a real heroe… Sometimes life seems so unjust, but if Tom had to go, then it was to give a message to us young people, to continue what he was doing,to make the difference, helping, and also to fight against unjustice in the sake of Tom, Wyatt and others who now look down and want us all to be brave and to never give up! Eventhough I didn’t know him, his beautiful stories, his life, makes me wanna act- just as he did!
    He was with no doubt a real young heroe! Dying a heroe may not be a comfort, but for me this is one of the most beautiful ways to go, inspiring others, being an example, and making the world react! His death is in no way needless, it is surely gonna lead to the saving of some others, lead to differences, through people having been inspired by Tom and other young heroes like him!!!

    Thanks to Tom, who I respect and admire deeply, and thanks to his parents to have given birth to such a wonderful human being, who has accomplished amazingly much, made many people happy and also inspired many of those who didn’t know him, and this in such short time.
    Even if too early, he now rests in PEACE, after having made his worldknown death a ground for reflexion, for reaction and for fight for justice!

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