As has been written before, Sean Smith of the U.S. State Department also was a deeply committed presence inside the world of EVE Online, as well as outside it, serving on the unique Council of Stellar Management, a governing body selected by its peers and convened in the real world. Smith was killed Tuesday in an attack on the American mission in Libya.

The death of Smith, known as "Vile Rat," in both the EVE community and in the Something Awful forums associated with the game, touched a deep nerve of grief, sympathy and respect. Here is the game's in world tribute to Smith, with voice-over remarks from many of EVE's leading community members.

According to this video's explanation, "the tiny dots of light inside the bubbles are individual players paying their respects by lighting a "candle" using the in-game cynosural field item."

Further, the final words Smith transmitted inside EVE are as follows:

12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures