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Slain American's mother honored

April 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An American woman was awarded one of South Africa's highest state honors for forgiving the men who stoned her daughter to death in the waning days of apartheid.

Linda Biehl was named to the Order of Companions of OR Tambo by President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony in Pretoria, the office of the presidency said on its website.

Biehl and her husband, Peter, captured the hearts of South Africans in 1993 when they publicly forgave the killers of their daughter Amy, a Fulbright scholar who was working with poor communities in the country.

The 26-year-old was killed Aug. 25, 1993, when she drove into the Guguletu township outside Cape Town to drop off three black friends.

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