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Apr 24, 2014 9:36 PM by Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com

Local Doctor Reacts to Friend's Shooting Death in Afghanistan

CORPUS CHRISTI - The deaths of three American doctors in Afghanistan is being felt in the coastal bend.

Dr. Keith Rose, a plastic surgeon in Corpus Christi said he was friends with Dr. Jerry Umanos, one of three doctors shot dead by an Afghan security officer Thursday morning.

"Dr. Jerry was an amazing guy...I'm sad for him, and I'm sad for the people that he worked with. Those that worked with him loved him," said Dr. Rose.

Dr. Umanos was a Chicago pediatrician who worked at the CURE International Hospital, a charity-based children's hospital in Kabul, for the past seven years.

"Jerry was an integral part of CURE. He taught other physicians; he gave them a tremendous amount of his time. He [could have been] back here in the states making good money, living a comfortable life," explained Dr. Rose.

Doctors Rose and Umanos operated on Afghan children whose families couldn't afford health care.

"Because of Jerry and the training that he taught other doctors...there will be generations that are going to be around because of his care," said Dr. Rose.

Dr. Umanos will also be missed in his hometown. Staff at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago was shocked to learn of his death.

"We have lost a great friend. Our clinic is grieving right now. Our hearts are broken," said James Brooks, Chief of Ministry Office at Lawndale Christian Health Center.

While Dr. Umanos's friends and family continue to mourn his death, Dr. Rose is confident that his friend leaves a lasting legacy in Afghanistan.

"Although Jerry's gone...his teaching and the way he cared for the Afghan people is going to last a long time."

The alleged gunman was arrested. Afghan authorities haven't released a motive for the attack.

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