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12/30/02

Levelland Man Shot by Suspected Muslim Extremist

Donald W. Caswell (49) Donald W. Caswell (49)
Myers- Gariety- Koehn Myers- Gariety- Koehn

Three people were killed and a Levelland man was injured on Monday morning when a gunman opened fire inside a hospital in Jibla, Yemen. 49 year-old Donald Caswell of Levelland is in critical condition in a Yemeni hospital.

Caswell was working as a missionary at a Southern Baptist Hospital when the suspected Muslim extremist, posing as a relative, walked in the door and opened fire. Three other Americans working in the hospital died in the attack.

They are:

  • 60 year-old hospital director William Koehn of Arlington
  • 53 year-old Kathleen Gariety of Wisconsin
  • 57 year-old Dr. Martha Myers of Montgomery, Alabama

All four were part of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board. At a news conference Monday morning, the President of the Board, Jerry Rankin, saluted the victim's bravery.

"Their love for the Yemeni people and obedience to the conviction of God's leadership has been expressed in a willingness to take that risk and give of their lives," said Rankin.

Donald Caswell remains in critical condition, but doctors say he will make a full recovery.

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