A pregnant staff member of the Clinton Global Initiative and her architect boyfriend were among the fatalities
in Saturday’s shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Nairobi, it has been revealed.
The Clinton family said it was stunned when they found out that 33-year-old Elif Yavuz, a senior vaccines researcher based in Tanzania, and Ross Langdon, the father of her unborn child, were among the dozens killed after armed Islamic militants stormed the upscale mall.
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"We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi," former President Bill Clinton and his family said in a statement
"Elif devoted her life to helping others, particularly people in developing countries suffering from malaria and HIV/AIDS. Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly."
Clinton also shared his sorrow over the deaths in an interview with "CBS This Morning
"I saw her just a couple weeks ago when I was there," he said. "She was nine months pregnant, just a couple of weeks away from delivery. So she and her baby’s father were walking in that mall in Nairobi, because she wanted to have the baby in Kenya. She thought that would be best. And they were both killed."
Yavus, a native of the Netherlands, joined the Clinton Foundation after receiving a graduate degree from Harvard.
"Elif committed her career and her life to helping those in need, said Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard’s School of Public Health in a statement
"Her compassion was an inspiration to everyone she touched at HSPH and the broader global community in which she lived and worked. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her."
Langdon, a 33-year-old architect, held dual Australian and British citizenship. He grew up in Tasmania and settled in London.
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