Chris Hondros, an N.C. State University graduate who spent the past decade taking photos in the world’s deadliest war zones, was killed Wednesday while covering a battle in Libya.
Hondros, 41, was one of a group of journalists hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during a battle between rebels and government troops in Misrata. Tim Hetherington, a documentary photographer who directed the Oscar-nominated “Restrepo,” also was killed.
Employed by Getty Images, an international photo agency, Hondros has won some of photography’s top awards for his work in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sierra Leone.
On the day he died, his photo of a Libyan man digging a grave for a dead civilian stretched across The Washington Post’s front page.
Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, has been cut off from the rest of the country by military forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. It has been the scene of close-quarters fighting for weeks. Hundreds of Libyans have been confirmed killed. Gadhafi is rocketing residential areas, according to witnesses and human rights groups.