Perry, OH - The family of slain activist Andrea "Andi" Parhamovich have issued this statement regarding the tragic death of the young woman:
"No words can express how deeply saddened we are over the loss of Andi. Though we are overwhelmed with grief, we wish to briefly share how wonderful and special a person Andi was.
"Andi was a confident, motivated, intelligent and loving young woman. She was a wonderful daughter, cherished sister, loving aunt, and devoted friend who also put those around her first.
"She embraced challenges, which allowed her to achieve so much in a relatively short period of time. Whether working with Massachusetts Governor Swift in Boston or Air America radio in New York, Andi always sought out great experiences that also allowed her to make a difference.
"It was that commitment to making a difference which led her to Iraq.
"Andi's desire to help strangers in such a dangerous environment thousands of miles away might be difficult for others to understand, but to us, it epitomized Andi's natural curiosity and unwavering commitment. She was passionate, bold and caring, as exemplified by her work to improve the lives of all Iraqis.
"We also want to extend our own heartfelt condolences to the families of those who gave their lives while protecting Andi. They, too, are in our thoughts and prayers.
"We will let you know any other details including information about the funeral arrangements when they become available.