Cole, who was prevented by the RUF rebels from escaping, was shot dead by his abductors in front of his fiancee. RUF forces reportedly entered Freetown with a list of journalists to be eliminated for what was perceived as "anti-RUF" coverage.
January 9, 1999, in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Job: Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered: War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group