American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik were killed early this morning in the Syrian city of Homs. Snipers reportedly loyal to President Bashar al-Assad bombarded the home, located in the Baba Amr district, where they and several other foreign journalists were staying. Sources say that at least two other journalists have been injured, including British photographer Paul Conroy.
Colvin, a reporter for London's Sunday Times, had reported the following on Tuesday:
There are snipers all around Baba Amr on the high buildings. I think the sickening thing is the complete merciless nature ... they are hitting civilian buildings absolutely mercilessly, without caring. The scale of it is just shocking.
Colvin's iconic eye patch (she lost the eye after an injury from a shrapnel wound while working in Sri Lanka in 2001) has already inspired its own Facebook page.
[Via NYT, images from Getty]