Chris Stevens' Family Starts Middle East Peace Fund
But agents at crime scene face 'obstacles'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:25 PM CDT
Former US envoy Chris Stevens, whose family is starting a fund in his name to promote peace between Americans and people in the Middle East.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Mary Commanday)

(Newser) – The cascade of support following Chris Stevens' death has inspired his family to start a fund for peace in the Middle East, NBC Bay Area reports. "We just had this overwhelming response," says Chris' brother, Tom Stevens. "We have received emails, texts, letters, flowers, you name it. And then Chris' Face book page, it just went worldwide." Called the J Christopher Stevens fund, it will soon have a board and forge a strategy—likely focused on groups already seeking to mend fences between Americans and people in the Middle East, Tom said.

He also encouraged possible donors—or anyone with ideas for the fund—to reach the Stevens family via Meanwhile, however, FBI agents investigating the death of Stevens and three other Americans at the US mission in Libya are struggling to deal with low security, a looted crime scene, and witnesses too fearful to speak up, the New York Times reports. "It’s a cavalcade of obstacles right now," says a US official. "It’ll be very difficult to see what evidence can be attributed to the bad guys."