The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY-- Salt Lake City resident Larisa Jaffe was killed last week while volunteering for the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe.

Jaffe's body was found Oct. 10 in the Manicaland District of Zimbabwe. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Jaffe, a native of Russia, was 63.

Two suspects have been taken into custody, but officials don't believe her murder is related to the current political strife in the country.

Dan Dawson, who recruited Jaffe for the Peace Corps, recalled a speech the woman gave last year to potential volunteers at the University of Utah.

"I remember the emotion I felt as I listened to her and thought what a moving example her story is of growing up in another country and then coming here and wanting to serve America. At the time I thought, 'This is what America is all about,' " Dawson said.

Jaffe previously worked as a certified teacher, an emergency medical technician and a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Utah.

Peace Corps officials are working with Jaffe's daughter to get more information about her death and to bring Jaffe's body home.

This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A8.

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