Wednesday night, several dozen Libyan-Americans gathered outside the White House to remember the Americans killed in an embassy attack in their homeland.
"This is not us. This is not who we are," said Mariam Ismail, who grew up in Springfield but also lived in Libya as a girl. "We are a very peaceful people."
"I feel so, so bad about what happened," added Hajer Kadiki, who is visiting the U.S. but lives in Benghazi, the Libyan town where the murders happened.
The people who attended Wednesday night held lit candles. Several had Libyan flags; several more held American flags.
A number of people knew Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was one of the four people killed.
"He was so humble, so down to earth, very understanding, willing to talk to anybody," said Adam Sbita, who grew up in the DC area but went to Libya last year to fight in the revolution against former leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Sbita says Stevens did a lot of good for Libya both during and after the revolution.
He and others expressed dismay that Stevens was killed in the country he had done so much for.