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Special Agent Daniel Emmett O'Connor | United States Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Government United States Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Daniel Emmett O'Connor

United States Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Terrorist attack

Location: Overseas

Incident Date: 12/21/1988

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Suspect: Deceased

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Special Agent Daniel O'Connor, Special Agent Ronald Lariviere, and Assistant Deputy Director Michael Bernstein, of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, were killed when a terrorist's bomb destroyed the commercial aircraft they were traveling in while returning to the United States from Europe.

A total of 259 people on the plane and 11 people on the ground were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. The investigation that followed lead to strong sanctions against Libya and the arrest of two Libyan nationals. One suspect was convicted of murder while the second was acquitted.

On July 25, 2009, the suspect applied for, and was later granted compassionate release from the United Kingdom, on the basis that he had terminal prostate cancer. On August 20, 2009, he was released from prison and traveled to Libya the same day. He died in Libya in 2012.

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Assistant Deputy Director Michael S. Bernstein
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 23rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 21, 2011

 

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