Teacher slain in Iraq from religious Wash. family

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COSMOPOLIS, Wash. (AP) -- Friends of a man from Washington state shot and killed at a school in northern Iraq say he was motivated to teach there by his deep Christian faith.

Jeremiah Small, of Cosmopolis, taught history and literature at a private Christian school with mostly Muslim students.

Pastor Brad Gill of the Light and Life Community Church in Hoquiam says Small knew it might be dangerous but believed "this was a way to serve and touch some lives for God."

An 18-year-old shot Small and committed suicide as other students ran from the classroom. No motive was clear.

A Cosmopolis teacher who lived for a time with Small's family says Small wanted to make sure his students "felt the love of God in their lives."