The 33-year-old doctor and Harvard grad and her architect beau were murdered during the Sept. siege at Kenya’s Westgate Mall. The couple was killed just two weeks before their first baby was due to be born — and died tragically in each other’s arms.
Dr. Elif Yavuz was 8 months pregnant with her first child when she and her boyfriend, Australian architect Ross Langdon, were gunned down by terrorists at the horrific three-day Kenyan Mall Massacre, which claimed 62 lives on Sept. 21.
Elif Yavuz & Ross Langdon Killed In Kenyan Mall Massacre
Dutch-born and Harvard-educated Elif dedicated her life to helping others, having worked all over the world researching vaccines during her doctoral studies and continuing to work with communities affected by malaria.
Her partner, Ross, 32, was “a committed conservationist,” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. “He led all the firm’s projects in East Africa, was completing an HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda — which he designed without charge — and was about to start on a $35 million museum telling the story of the earliest fossil record of walking humanoids in Kenya.”
Elif and Ross were reportedly in Nairobi for the better hospital facilities, preparing for her to give birth.
Bill Clinton Speaks Out About Elif Yavuz
Elif worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is based in Tanzania. Former US President Bill Clinton went to visit Elif personally in Tanzania in Aug. 2013. In a statement, the Clinton family said:
We were shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the death of Elif Yavuz in the senseless attacks in Nairobi. 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. On behalf of the entire Clinton Foundation, we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Elif’s family and her many friends throughout the world.
What a tragic loss. Our thoughts are with the couples’ families.
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— Kristine Hope Kowalski