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October 16, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Linda Franklin had beaten breast cancer, raised two children and a niece practically by herself, and was expecting her first grandchild in just a few months. She was getting ready to move into a bigger home this week.

The 47-year-old FBI intelligence specialist was gunned down Monday night, the ninth victim killed by the sniper stalking the Washington area. She was felled by a single shot to the head as she and her husband, Ted, were loading their red convertible with things they had just bought for their new home.

Franklin studied terror threats at the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center in Washington. David Wray, an agency spokesman, said Franklin worked in the financial sector, and officials said there was nothing to suggest she died because of her job.

``The employees who worked with Linda _ and all of us _ are deeply shocked and angry over this tragedy,″ FBI Director Robert Mueller said.

Both co-workers and relatives knew her as a fighter with spirit.

Franklin ``blew apart the stereotype of the clock-punching bureaucrat; she gave it her all,″ said Michael Vatis, a former director of the FBI center. ``I would take a hundred Linda Franklins anytime.″

She played a major role in establishing the FBI center’s biggest success, the InfraGard program in which the government shares tips and warnings with private companies and organizations that promise not to divulge the information publicly.

On family campouts, she was the one to watch out for. ``She always liked to pull the pranks on all the kids,″ niece Samantha Moore told ABC’s ``Good Morning America″ on Wednesday.

While other people in the Washington area were looking around every corner for the serial gunman, Robinson was planning her next trip to the theater. She had discussed the attacks with her brother, Steven Moore, but hadn’t seemed afraid, he said.

``It was one of those things that never happens to somebody in your own family,″ he said.

Moore said they had drifted apart in recent years but reunited in August after Samantha Moore’s sister died in a car accident. Afterward, he wrote Franklin a letter of thanks and love.

``That’s been a little bit of relief to me, knowing that we had cleared all the air from past years, and we both knew how much we meant to each other,″ he said.

Franklin had been undergoing physical therapy since undergoing a double mastectomy for breast cancer, co-worker and family friend Paul Hulseberg said.

``She is courageous,″ Hulseberg said.

Family members did not want to comment, said co-worker Bill Murray, who served as a family spokesman.

Franklin is survived by Ted, her second husband, and two grown children, a son and daughter. Hulseberg said the daughter is five months’ pregnant. He said Franklin had taken in a niece in addition to her own children.

Before joining the FBI, Franklin had been in the Air Force and also worked as a civilian for the Defense Department.


EDITOR’S NOTE _ Associated Press writers Allen Breed, Ted Bridis and Pete Yost contributed to this report.


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