Photographer Killed in Cairo Remembered as Devoted Family Man

A former coworker told NBC Washington that Mick Deane, 61, had been talking about retirement.

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013  |  Updated 9:27 PM CDT
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A British photographer with ties to the Washington area was killed Wednesday covering the protest camps in Cairo.

Erika Gonzalez

A British photographer with ties to the Washington area was killed Wednesday covering the protest camps in Cairo.

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A British photographer with ties to the Washington area was killed Wednesday covering the protest camps in Cairo.

Mick Deane, 61, worked for Sky News for 15 years, first in Washington, D.C., before transferring to Jerusalem. His colleagues in D.C. said when they got an assignment that Deane was on, they could breathe a sigh of relief.

Deane suffered a single gunshot wound below his heart, but the circumstances leading to the shot are still unknown.

"I was with him in Cairo a few weeks ago, and he was talking about retirement was coming up," Sky News U.S. correspondent Dominic Waghorn told NBC Washington. "He couldn’t quite imagine that it was going to happened to him but he was aware that it was and he was looking ahead to more time with his family.

"He’s got two grown-up boys now who he’s been devoted to. He’s always said to the rest of us, 'Make sure you spend as much time as you can with your kids. As they grow up, don’t let it go by without you spending time with them, as you’re traveling the rest of it,'" Waghorn said. "He’s a devoted family man, and our hearts go out to his two boys and his wonderful wife."

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