By Jan Stevens, Special to CNN
Chris Stevens died in the service of his country. He died doing what he loved most - working to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between the people of the United States and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
He was loved by many more Libyans than those who hated him for being an American. A few dozen fanatics penetrated his compound. More than 30,000 people in Benghazi demonstrated in protest over his death.
Chris was successful because he embodied the traits that have always endeared America to the world - a commitment to democratic principles, and respect for others, regardless of race, religion or culture. Chris regarded and liked each person he met as an individual. He respected their views, whether or not he agreed.
Editor's note: Jan Stevens is the father of Ambassador Chris Stevens and writes these comments on behalf of his family.