Ex-Stony Brook professor among the dead in Kenya mall attack

Long Island news from Eyewitness News

September 23, 2013 6:29:15 AM PDT
One of the people confirmed dead in the militant attack on a shopping mall in Kenya had once been a writing instructor at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

Newsday reports that Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor taught creating writing and African literature at Stony Brook for six years in the 1970s.

Awoonor, a former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations, died after being wounded in the Sunday attack. Ghana's ministry of information said Awoonor's son was injured and is responding to treatment.

Arthur Dorbrin, co-founder of Amnesty International's Long Island chapter, told Newsday that Awoonor was in Nairobi to attend an annual festival of literature and the arts.