We were shocked to be informed today of the death of our ghafir Ashrawy. As far as our information goes, some antiquities looters were apprehended by Ashrawy and two other guards. In an ensuing exchange of fire, Ashrawy got killed, the two others were injured. Ashrawy has been with us as a guard since the start of the KU Leuven mission to Dayr al-Barsha. He was a very loyal and gentle man (and, in fact, a gentleman). He would have deserved a better fate. Our thoughts are with his family.