Special Agent Ronald Albert Lariviere

Special Agent Ronald Albert Lariviere

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

End of Watch Wednesday, December 21, 1988

Ronald Albert Lariviere

Special Agent Ronald Lariviere, Special Agent Daniel O'Connor, 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.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Terrorist attack
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Deceased

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I was the relief SRSO - arriving at the Beirut Amembassy three days before. I still remember the day Ronald and another group boarded the Blackhawk for the short trip to Cypress. I received a call early the next morning about the incident. It reminded me how fragile life is. Although I only had a short interaction with him,I still reflect saying happy holidays as they boarded the helicopter.

Former career DSS: Art Jones
U.S Department of State

December 21, 2018

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