By Tadias Staff
Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
New York (Tadias) – The Ethiopian Federal Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of 25-year-old U.S. diplomat Brian Adkins, Reuters reports.
Adkins was found dead at his home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday, January 31, 2009, three days before what would have been his 26th birthday.
According to Reuters he died of stab wounds.
“The unnamed suspect was being transferred to the capital after he was detained by officers at Were-Illu village in the remote north of the country on Tuesday,” the news agency said.
According to the same news source, the Ethiopian media reported that Adkins’ belongings – including a laptop computer, mobile telephone, camera and several documents – had been found with the suspect.
Ethiopia was Brian Adkins’ first foreign assignment.
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By Theodore Decker
Friday, February 6, 2009
He’d watched the Eiffel Tower’s light show from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and ridden a burro in Africa.
For Brian Adkins, 25, the world’s treasures were as simple and marvelous as a hyena strolling down the road.
That was among the last stories the fledgling U.S. diplomat from Franklin County shared with his family, just a few weeks before his death last weekend in Ethiopia.
Adkins gleefully told his family that the hyena was one of the ugliest creatures he’d ever seen. But it was much more than that to him, and his excitement was contagious.
“It was Africa,” his brother, Mike Adkins, said yesterday. “That’s pretty much what he was telling you.”
The death of a young man with such a passion for life and other cultures has left relatives devastated.
“He will probably be the most positive person we’ll ever know in our lives,” said his mother, Christine Adkins, who lives on the South Side.
Adkins, a foreign-service officer for the State Department in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, was found dead in his home by security officials checking on him.
Ethiopian and U.S. officials have released few details about his death but said it appears to be a homicide. He likely was killed on Saturday.
His family was told of his death Monday, what would have been his 26th birthday, but they remain in the dark on most of the details. They don’t think his death was related to his job, Mrs. Adkins said. But they don’t know how he was killed, given the security provided to all diplomats.
“How did someone get in his house, and what happened in his house?” his mother asked.
Those answers might be weeks away. Adkins’ body remains in Ethiopia and likely won’t be returned to the United States until this weekend, when a government autopsy will occur. His family understands that the investigation is tangled amid international red tape, and they know from Brian that patience is a diplomatic virtue.
Adkins grew up in Whitehall. He graduated from Whitehall-Yearling High School, where his love for language, political science and world affairs took hold. He was a devout Catholic and fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and had traveled extensively long before taking his two-year State Department post in Addis Ababa last summer.
Since his death, e-mails from people he knew around the world have found their way to the Adkins family.
“Every country he’s visited, he gained a friend,” Mike Adkins said.
Adkins worked in the consular section of the embassy, handling passports and paperwork while hoping to move up to big-picture issues such as U.S. economic diplomacy.
The weekend of his death, he was to report to the embassy in Rwanda for six weeks.
Adkins had been looking forward to the trip. Though he was excited about the work, he’d told his family about a jungle preserve for gorillas. It would cost him $1,000 to see them, he’d said.
Another country, another experience. To him, it was worth every penny.
“He was like a sponge,” said his mother. “He was infectious.”