Local medical worker killed in Afghanistan

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - An aide worker from Clermont County is among ten people who were killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

Cheryl Beckett, 32, died Thursday. She was reportedly shot to death along with nine other members of a medical team who were accosted by gunmen after finishing a two-week mission providing medical care to impoverished villagers in Nuristan province.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility and alleged the group were spies and tried to convert Muslims.

Beckett had been valedictorian of her class and played basketball at Clermont Northeastern High School before she went to work as an international aide worker. She had reportedly been in Afghanistan for six years and had also spent time doing work in Honduras, Mexico, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

The group Beckett worked with would give eyeglasses, toothbrushes and medical care to Afghans.

Beckett's father was the pastor at Owensville Church of Christ for 18 years and is now a pastor in Knoxville, Tenn.

"Cheryl ... denied herself many freedoms in order to abide by Afghan law and custom," her family said.

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