U.S. Army Veteran and Vanderbilt University Student Stabbed to Death in Israel, Authorities Say
A U.S. Army veteran and college graduate student was stabbed to Tuesday in Israel during a class trip, authorities said.
Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, died after a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, according to a letter posted online by Chancellor Nick Zeppos, The Tennessean reported.
Force, 29, died at the scene. The Times of Israel, citing an ambulance driver, said Force's wife was severely injured. Her name was not given.
Other students, faculty and staff on the trip were not hurt, Zeppos said.
Force's killing was part of a Palestinian stabbing and shooting spree in Tel Aviv's ancient Jaffa port and elsewhere, The Associated Press reported. At least 10 were wounded in the violence.
The attacker who killed Force was shot dead by Israeli police.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was less than a mile away, participating in meetings with Israeli officials as part of two-day trip to the Middle East.
Biden deplored the death as an "act of terror."
In a statement, Biden expressed sorrow "at the tragic loss of American life" and offered condolences to "the family of the American citizen murdered in the attack."
Force's college was trip was designed to foster global entrepreneurship and the business management student was there to "share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel," Zeppos said.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Force was an Eagle Scout and West Point graduate who served from 2009 to 2014 as a field artillery officer and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Zeppos said Force "exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community.
"This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world," Zeppos said.