RIP: Vile Rat

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Never forget.
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Almost a year ago already. I sincerely hope that Sean's wife and family have been able to pull through this year without allowing the loss of a decent Husband and Father to impact their future's too significantly. He will always be missed, but never forgotten. God bless you and your family, Ma'am.
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This probably needs to be posted... http://www.cbsnews.com/video/w... "It was all about the video" was an Eve-level lie.
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I had heard of Vilerat but did not know anything about any of this until yesterday, im not going to preted i knew who he was but reading this and other things really puts perspective on things, as a member of EVE, but first and foremost as a father and husband like myself, R.I.P. my kids now play eve and they know who you are, your a hero man, and no one will ever forget it.
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Your presence will never be forgotten Sean "Vile Rat" Smith. Justice will come to those responsible for taking you from this world. Accountability will be taken. The Eve Online Community , SA , and the rest of the world you have touched will ALWAYS have you in their hearts. I hope your family is doing good now and getting along with you missing from their lives.JSI > Tell Vile RatDonHel o7
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burn in hell vile rat! you kkk lover racist fuck!
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It's been nearly 2 years, I never knew Vile Rat, but I do know that his actions as a person and player, shaped the eve I play today. He shows how one person, one player, can affect the actions and history of others. R.I.P Sean o7
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Never been a goon never knew VR but I feel you and my deepest condolences to all for the lost of a good friend and husband. Thank you for posting this, for many this is a game for some is where you get to be happy for a while and have friends to share joy with, this story is worth knowing.
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RIP Vile Rat
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Nothing a lowly pilot can say will change anything, but you were still a good man, rest in peace
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On behalf of Rote Kapelle, we express our condolences to his family and friends. Truly a tragedy.
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The vilest of rats. I'll miss you, Sean.
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The worst part? All this over THIS shitty video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... What the crap.
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No words man. That was a tough read. May he Rest in Peace
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I spent like an hour yesterday helping him with wireshark homework he was working on.You will be missed, man.
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Good bye, Vile Rat.
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Who the fuck am I going to tell now when I shoot blues?
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I guess I have to give up the hope that this is all a bad troll. As awful as I feel right now, I can't imagine what his family is going through.
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RIP Vile Rat
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TEST Alliance Please Rest In Peace Vile Rat ; _;All of us down here in the south are running our flags at half-mast and pouring one out in memorandum of one of the most influential people that has ever touched Internet Spaceships Online.
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Vile Rat was a shining example of life lived to it's fullest. A great man in all respects and will be missed by many. Not even 12 hours ago we were talking in jabber, he had made a joke about the lack of security in such places and crappy internet. The whole thing seems surreal. I hope that his family is taken care of and please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help them cope. He was our brother. RIP.Edit: SMA tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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This is terrible news. My thoughts are with him and his family. RIP.
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Sympathies to all of you dudes who knew him well, and to his family.
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Ugh. RIP Vile Rat. I will never forget all the time you, me and Cindare spent on biology homework.
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Rest in Peace buddy
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RIP Gone But Never Forgotten
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R.I.P. Vile Rat, you will be missed, mate
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Test Alliance Please Rest In Peace Vile Rat ;-;Everyone down here in the south is pouring one out and running our flags at half mast in memory of one of the most influential people to ever touch Internet Spaceships Online.
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Condolences to VR's family. You will be missed. My prayers are with you.
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Dude was my fucking internet space dad. Fuck.
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You will be missed in eve and in life you shaped eve and made it fun for all no matter your side Thank you RIP Vile Rat
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Hey man I would like to send my condolences and tell you I know how it is as I lost friends in Iraq. I never met vile but will tip a tall old one in his memorie this weekend.
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God rest his beautiful soul. We'll miss you, Vile Rat.
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http://evemaps.dotlan.net/alli... BTW, watch these station names.
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Rest in peace.
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Rest in peace, vilerat.
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http://evemaps.dotlan.net/outp...TEST (plus HBC) and Goonswarm mass outpost rename in progress.
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RIP Vile Rat, may all the blues tell you of their deaths!
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There are no words for this. No pulpit to be stood on. There are people who are truly evil in this world and those people took a friend to many in the community. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
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RIP
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I really don't have any words.I have only been in GSF for a few months, but I read about him on the wiki. He even congratulated me on getting my first billion risk in theta squad jabber.I my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his children.
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RIP seriously
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RIP Vile Rat....you will be missed
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Rip Vile Rat o/
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rip vile rat; my condolences to friends and family
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Here's how you know Vile Rat was an awesome dude who didn't deserve this- he made such an impression on people who only interacted with him a few times over a silly game about spaceships that we feel the loss. I'm glad that a silly spaceship game let people know how great a person you were.
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Just... damn. You make me wish I had a chance to get to know him beyond just EVE.
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In the little niche world of New Eden, we have men and women of all types. Some good, some bad, and quite frankly...some completely intolerable. I originally wanted to experience EVE as I dovetailed into the DUST aspect of our universe. But once here I became immersed by legends of old. The BoB Wars. The heists. The Swarm itself. I found lifelong friends, and have made enemies. Even diabolical rivalries that spanned multiple regions in Empire and Null. But those interactions left me better off, and have taught me things that impact my everyday scourge of real life.In my short year playing, the one thing I had learned was that the Goonswarm Federation were invariably always labled the "bad guys." However I leapt on the chance to join TNT so that I could feel that excitement of living amongst a large alliance in the depths of null space. My only worry was the CFC, the so-called bad guys, and what that might do to my reputation in New Eden. But today I witnessed something that not only deeply effected those who knew him personally, but effected our entire coalition as a result.I did not know Vile personally. I wish I had. People tell me stories of his enjoyment of shooting blues and such. Tonight as a member of the inner circle, the Waffe itself, snidely shot his mouth off about the death of a comrade, I came to understand something that most outsiders of the CFC would never be able to experience unless they were there. As Octavious Delance's ratting carrier was doused in the purging fire of his own hubris, I came to realize that these individuals I fly nightly with, they are not the bad guys. They are my brothers. That even in death, these men and women would stand by my spectral being and stand forward in my name.Vile Rat, I never knew you. I never had the pleasure. But while in this life you stood and lost your life in the face of adversity, you will be remembered by all. It is the next life that awaits you now. I hope it is a life filled with drake blobs, Das Uber Boots, and grids upon grids of blues, blues to target and destroy with your never-ending cargo hold of ammunition. Shoot Blues Erryday for eternity my friend.To your wife and children, know that the love of thousands of video game nerds, the world over, fall to your shoulders. While I know the loss of those loved, nothing will bring his love back to you, and it hurts beyond anything mankind can experience. But you have us, and as we demonstrated tonight to Mr. Delance, we fight forever in Vile's name.To my CFC brothers, I love you all. You have shown me that living in New Eden is not as harsh as I once thought. Thank you for breathing new life into EVE for me tonight. You are not the "bad guys", but rather brother-in-arms. Brothers, who in the face of adversity, stand united. To our unity, to Vile and his family, to all those others lost in the "cliff" of EVE........I love you all. Until you jump on grid with me and are neutral. After all rules are rules and NBSI is a pretty important rule. Goodnight New Eden, and may your prayers to Vile's family never fade.And last, but not least, for you Mittens...let his fire forever burn in your soul. My condolences brother, and know that we are all here with you. Anything you need brother, anything you need.
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I've never talked with him personally. Just "know" him from being in the CFC and reading his posts. This is quite sad. Not sure what to say. Never been this upset over someone I only "know" through the internet. RIP Vile Rat
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That's so fucked up, to be talking to a dude one minute, and he's gone the next.I knew the name Vile Rat, from CSM6. Didn't know much of him. Eventually I would have learned more of him as I worked my way through EVE's history.My sympathies to all the dude's over at GSF who talked with Vile Rat daily and often. I'm sure your Jabber isn't going to be the same for any of you.Religion. Fuck it. This is always the end result.
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RIP Vile Rat
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Rest in peace mate
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Rest in Peace Vile Rat, from RvB. o7o7o7o7o7o7o7o7o7
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Too many good goons havn't come back from the war on terror.
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I didn't know vile rat in real life but had the pleasure of being in this most awesome alliance and game of internet space ships he loved so much and made such a difference in. My heart goes out to his family and friends even though i didn't know him it still hits home. GOONS will miss you . Rest in peace vile rat. I too will drink a beer for you.
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I remember when Vile Rat "went fuck Goons". Here I am, haven't played in years and I still remember when VR came back and the full scope of the deception was revealed.Damn shame. Pew pew, man. Pew pew.
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Remember him well from the Sesfan days when AAA was tight with Goons.Top man Vile Rat and will be missed by all who knew him.
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Total loss of words. When I first started seeing the RIP text in twitter, I was hoping it wasn't true. VR was a fantastic guy and was very influential to the start of what was to become my own alliance. He gave advice and guidance that influenced the way I thought about null sec and I will always remember that. Today, a family lost a husband and father first and foremost. EVE is real, but for that family...life far outweighs this silly little game. My heart goes out to them now. For us in EVE, however, we have lost one of the most influential people in the game. My condolences to my friends in the goons for your loss!
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RIP. Had some dealings with him when I was head FC for OWN. Very nice guy that had my respect for years after that where most Goons didn't. Some fucked up shit this. I hope he find plenty of carebears to shoot wherever he goes.
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I may not have known the guy, and I may not know Goonswarm besides in stories I've heard, but as someone in Afghanistan right now, I know what it feels like to sit there and wait to see if someone is okay, and I know what it feels like to lose a friend like that. I'm sorry for your lose, both to yourself, and to your alliance.
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God speed Vile Rat, we'll miss you.
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I was the one to recommend Sean try EVE and I'm glad I did, because he was one of the best players there I knew, and was a good friend to me even after I quit. He sent me something rather unique and special in the form of Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi currency and Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar bills. I just hope his wife and children remember him well and survive without him. He was truly an amazing individual.
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Rip VR... May you rest with the people you love and be with the friends you had. You will be missed......
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Last step of life ... R.i.P Vile Rat
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RIP this is truely tragic.
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Sorry for your loss mittens. Very, very sorry bro.
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Our condolences, and our heart goes out to you. Rest in peace, Vile Rat.
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R.I.P, Vile.. You were always fun to be around and will be missed. The game will never be the same without you.
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RIP Vile Rat. *tear*
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I am too new to have dealt with Vile Rat in any kind of fashion, but the stories that you would read about him or were told about him are a testament to who he was, rest in peace Vile Rat.
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RIP Sean / Vile Rat
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Why the fuck are we having American dudes in any of those shit holes over there? Good men would not die.
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I am not sure how I am supposed to feel about this. I guess at first I wanted to believe it was another distasteful goon troll. Then it clicked in my head that this is real and I don't know how to feel.
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Literally no words. :(
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I am a water merchant, non-pvpplayer and a scrub, but when i hear a fellow Eve player loses his/her life, i feel it.
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RIP, dude. :/
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RIP Vile and condolences to his family
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Right in the feels.. fuck this world we live in. It's not fair.
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Never got to meet him but read a lot about him, my condolences.
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Rest in peace fellow internet spaceship pilot. No matter how we may feel in game when it comes to goons, it is in the end a game and the loss of anyone will be mourned by us all. Sounds like a great guy and I am sad I never got a catch to meet him.
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Rest in peace Vile Rat.
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o7
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http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_de...Shot a blue. Who can I tell? =(
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Still gonna send an evemail to Vile Rat whenever I shoot blues. RIP.
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Rest in Peace, Vile Rat.
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CNN reports only one American being killed there and it was Vile Rat? This is so very very sad. My heart goes out to his family.
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This terrible tragedy opened up an emotional wound courtesy of Iraq for me. It reminds me again that these tragedies impact our lives forever. I did not know you but I will remember you, and that is the measure of a great man, his memory. My heart goes out to his family and friends during these difficult times.
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RIP Vile and thank you for everything. I wish I could say more but this is just killing me...
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Him to fix fucking computers. Nothing more.....
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We should do some mass joint multi coalition tribute, all explode in jita or something
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Sad. Fly safe Vile Rat. This is why eve online is so much more than a game.
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Thanks for posting, everyone. We will miss him very very much.
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i quit eve years ago, but even i remember VR. Rest in piece.
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from all of S2N, RIP Vile Rat.
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'tis always disheartening to hear of such acts of violence, regardless of how the perpetrators justify them. But it's worse, far worse, when you realize that you knew the fallen... Or even knew of them!Vile Rat, I never had the pleasure / chance of meeting you, and now I won't... Not in this life at least! I can only hope that whatever your beliefs were, you'll find a place you can enjoy!My condolences to your friends and family, both in and out of game!
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Rest in peace Vile Rat.
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Rip was a great player and one of the most fun guys to be in a fleet with.
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VR was everybody's friend no matter what colour your little square was to him, I enjoyed chatting to him over the years and he will be missed by alotfly safe brother o7
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Fly Safe VR
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UK News reporting 2 guys died. Mr Rat, and the ambassador too (suffocation from smoke inhilation apparently) Sad Sad day. Truly some fucked up shit. RIP VR. Condolences to family and friends, both in EVE and in RL.
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Rest in peace, VR. Never Forgotten.
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As a fairly new member of FA, my heart goes out to Vile Rat's family and friends. I think its important to remember that no matter what you think of someone in-game, they still are a real person and we are all part of a brotherhood called humanity. RIP Sean.
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I can count on one hand the number of truly, completely good people I've met in Eve and Sean Smith was one of them. It's been years since I've played Eve seriously, and I only knew VR on an acquaintance basis, but he was without a doubt a good person. You knew it from the moment you met him.He'll be missed, he'll be remembered and he'll never have an equal.
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Rest in peace VR, didn't really know you but my thoughts are with your family and friends.
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Rest in peace VR. Now you can continue your journey through the stars...
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I didn't know him personally, but this news completely blew me out of the water. I feel connected to him because of the passion we both shared for internet spaceships. All of eve has suffered today, and my heart goes out to those closest to him. I can't imagine what you're feeling. My deepest condolences to his family, a terrible time for them right now. I hope they know the support they have from all across the globe. Vile Rat wouldn't have remembered me - I am a nobody in eve. But I will remember him.
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He was a great guy. Rest in peace Vile Rat.
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As a newly recruited Fatal Ascension diplomat I can only say this guy was a true legend-one that I, who am just starting on this this particular road thro Eve, can only hope, that one day I could emulate even part of his achievments! I was really looking forward to working with him at some point and feel very sad that I will never get that chance-however I'm sure his legacy will live on. Heartfelt condolences & deepest regrets to his friends & family.You will not be forgotten mate! Rest in Peace!
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A sad day. My heart goes out to his friends and family.
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R.I.P VR, Condolences to his family and you will be missed.ex-FA grunt.
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We should go in our Supercaps and Titans and start to burn the mob of religious lunatics. Its so sad my sincerest condolences! RIP
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Rest in peace wherever you are now my dear friend. You will be missed.
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Bioshibby1 here ive flew with vile rat a few times and he was a good guy will be missed alot
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As an old guard player who has long quit Eve, this is upsetting news.My favorite VR story was when Goonfleet was still young and we were fighting RISE in Cloud Ring. We were all in Frigs and Cruisers except for Vile Rat who brought his Armageddon - this is a time when flying a BS in Goonfleet was almost unheard of, especially for PvP. As the FC I managed to get him killed and felt so bad - he then cheerily announced over comms that it was okay and he had a ratting Apoc a few jumps out he could bring I wanted to swing the fleet round that way :)Also I once took an break from the game, and came back to find myself out of corp, in space, in a dread at a Goonfleet POS. Vile Rat was my hero that day yelling at goons to stop them shooting me while he was sorting station permissions to allow me to dock and rejoin corp.As a fellow old-guard he always said hi to me when we were in fleet together, long after I thought he had forgotten who I was. To hear what happened last night is absolutely shocking.
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Rest in peace Vile Rat - the only diplo in eve who could make someone pay reimbursement after being at shot "by mistake".
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Rest in peace vilerat.. we will miss you...
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:( fuck
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My condolences to the family and friends of a great person, and a great sculptor of our Eve world. I have never liked these Internet-game Goons but I would've gone to great lengths to have a chat with Vile Rat, the person.
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Damn that was a real shocker :(. RIP VR you will be greatly missed. One of the most prominent figures (and well deserved so as I found out during my time in CFC) in EVE. You are up there in real space now
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My condolences to his family and friends! It is a sad day in our universe, seeing such an influential person murdered on such ridiculous grounds. Oh seven, Vile Rat!
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I've been out of EVE for a little over a year now but I still keep up with EVE news as much as possible. I couldn't believe what I was reading when I saw Keith Neilson's posted link on FB. I didn't know VR personally but voted for him in the CSM and knew of some of his 'exploits' and widespread involvement in the early roots of the EVE universe. Such a tragedy. Such a terrible waste of innocent life. My heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family, loved ones, and friends. He will be sorely missed in RL as well as in EVE's vast reaches of space but his memory and legacy will live on. Rest in Peace Sean. R.I.P Vile Rat
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My condolences to sean's family. I seem to remember typing on the boards to him on some diplomatic incident when I was hanging out in 31-. Never really met him, but I do understand his RL circumstances - having had incoming on more than one occasion in Baghdad and other places. How the devil did the 'bast****' get into the 'safe'zone? RIP Vile Rat.
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Why is the security of a US consulate in the hands of locals, especially in a middle east country not aligned with the US?
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RIP Vile rat
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RIP Vile Rat.
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Real life sucks some times. RIP Vile Rat. My thoughts go to your family and friends. You will not be forgotten
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I'm sry for your *and our* loss, my thoughts and well wishes are with his family and freinds *including someone as nefarious as you* My deepest and sincere condolences.
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RIP Vile Rat, next time I'm pooring one out for the homies it will be for you.
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RIP Vile Rat, my deepest condolences to his family.Always shoot blues o7
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RIP VR / My deepest condolences to sean's Family / I am truly sorry for your loss.
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On Behalf Of Quiet.Storm, We wish Vile Rats Family our condolences in this rough time. We all understand that this game is fun, but to lose someone like this is just plain horrible. We wish the best to his freinds and family and hope the best for his kids. We never wish these kinds of things on anyone.
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And Ev0ke.
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RIP Vile Rat. I only spoke to you once years ago, but you were clearly a gentleman and a scholar. New Eden has been reduced. My best to your friends and family in this difficult time.
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Deepest condolences and R.I.P, from the other side of EVE barricades :(
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RIP Vile Rat
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RIP Vile Rat. From all of your goon brothers, eve players and everyone else who's lives you touched, we will miss you. Our hearts are heavy today.
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His name was just released on CNN. What a sad and unnecessary tragedy. My heart is heavy today, and my thoughts are with his family.
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Condolences during a hard time for everybody that knew VR. My heart heart goes out to you and the thoughts of ANZA and .EXE are with you
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sorry to hear i always respected the guy
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RIP didn't know you, but reading your blog you sounded like a great guy. Prayers and thoughts with your family.
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RIP Vile_Rat
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RIP Vile Rat.
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Thank you
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Pray for his family people. We cannot comprehend the pain they are experiencing right now. God be with them...
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On behalf of old school BoB and today's Raiden. we offer our condolences to his friends and family. He was enemy to us since day one, but one we had nothing but respect for.
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Sorry to hear of the loss... fucking shame this kind of shit happens. Don't play much anymore and never flew with your alliance but it sounds like he was a hell of a guy. Sad to hear Eve and the world have lost such a vibrant and interesting guy.
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Much respect. Rest in peace.
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RIP Sean, the CFC and Goonswarm would not have been the succes it is today.My condolences to all family and friends
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A true eve legend .. o7
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Oh wow. My condolences to VIle Rat's family, his friends and mates. Keep remembering the good times you had with him, so you've got a reason to smile when you think about him.
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I Never got to know him personally, However reading who he was and how he influenced the Eve community along with eve itself it would seem the right thing to do,
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My condolence to his wife and children rest in peace Vile Rat
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My condolences to his family and friends and of course those who knew him thru Eve. Yet another life lost to meaningless violence. Rest in Peace and Fly Safe.
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RIP Vile Rat. You will be missed.When and where are having the shoot blues thunderdome? It seems like the thing to do.
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I didn't like Vile Rat in EvE I especially during the "golden scorpion debacle I kinda shouted at him to no consequence off course. But to hear this story I salute Sean and can't really express how fucked up this is. I am sure he'll be missed in this world and our virtual universe.
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I had the pleasure of tangling with VR a few times in my EVE Career. He was always fun to fight and was one of the reasons I had respected Goonswarm over the years.My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to "All the little bees", he will be missed.--Ga'len
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This is tragic no matter what Alliance he was in. My thoughts and prayers go out to VR's family and friends. No words could express what they are going through. R.I.P. m8
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Terrible news. A sad day.
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Well fuck. /me tips hat.
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I know the world is crazy. But Sometimes I find it a bit too much crazy.
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RIP VILE RAT you will be missed by alot of people both in EVE and out of it
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RIP Villy.. I had many long talks with Vile Rat in my time as a "diplomat", this was before "Rooks and Kings". He was really a genuine nice guy.. and he told me a lot of times that he had to hide under his desk, because of gunshots towards his building. In the beginning I didn't think it was true.. Now I wish it wasn't true.. and that he was safe in his work. Guess his desktop couldn't save him this time :(( This is so sad news! My heart goes out to his wife, family and friends.
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our heart was brokenwithout a warning no words spokenyou were taken awaysomeone said you could not stayempty and lonely is what we arewe lost a precious shining starour much loved EVE pilot and loving father husbandRIP VILI
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I think you nailed it; friend, foe, pawn, none of it matters. A real man of real consequence made a real difference in the real world and in our own virtual escape. Words cannot express adequate comfort to his friends and family.o7 Vile Rat,With respect,Roc
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sorry to hear bud....wish you the best even thou i dont like goons. religious lunatics anywhere are just...bad....
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It's so sad when tragedy IRL hits home to gamers ._.RIP Villy, fae Mebbles
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I'll never forget Vile abusing me a couple years ago in Dek as a blue and then laughing it off because I told him I was OK with being abused by one of Eve's greatest superstars.I wasn't wrong.RIP Sean,thoughts and condolences for your family
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What a nice tribute, to what appears to be a great man! May God Bless him, his family and his friends.
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RIP brosef.- Raste
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Didn't know him as well as many on here, but top bloke, really top bloke. Gutted to hear about this and so sorry for his wife and kid's. :(RIP man.
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my deepest sympathy may Vile Rat Rest In Peace, eventhough I dont know him pesonally but I believe he is a great man,great friend, great father, great e diplomat, and great capsuleer. me salute you Vile Rat
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R.I.P. Sean.Today we are all in mourning with Goons.Please keep us posted if there is something we can do to help his family.
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RIP Sean. Nice words and very sad : (
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If there is anything the Eve Community can do. Anything. You ask us.Whereas i might never have met him, or spoken to him, i know i would not have found this community without him, and people like him. He is going to be missed by us, and more importantly:He is going to be remembered.Take care.
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While there are people out there demonizing online communities as being rather anonymous and non-empathical, here I see the harsh and bitter world that is New Eden unite in a hivelike expression of sorrow, shock and the feeling of loss. We do it the "EVE Way" of course; but you belie those who say that online communities cultivate egoism and an elbows' mentality. Today - more than ever - I am proud to play this game with you, most of whom I will never meet in person. But I know you care, and that matters... Godspeed and fly safe!
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RIP Vile Rat - Ev0ke misses a spacenerd.
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Hear, hear.
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Haven't played Eve in years, but went to some of the Goon meet ups at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington. This is pretty goddamn sad.
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US government has installed Sala
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RIP in Peace..
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My deepest condolances to you. He was great to us all, I can only imagine...
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Not the time or place for a lengthy discussion, but the short answer: Marines have been deployed to theatres of war for the last 11 years, and locals are less expensive. People tend to forget that Dept. of State often get some of the most undesirable, dangerous jobs in the government. VR died in the service of peace and diplomacy...something which crosses all boundaries.
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Its certainly not the time or place.
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Read about this on CNN this morning, then went to facebook to see the connection to Eve on this blog. My condolences to the family and to the community. In my short time with the Goons in Eve, they are a great crew. (commanderchris, DOO)
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See you up in heaven fellow Pod pilot! thanks for the good time and good fights, EVE online and its community will surely miss you. Prayers and comfort to your family.
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It's one thing to kill someone and take their stuff in game, but for it to happen IRL is the worst nightmare imaginable for anyone to cope with. Fly safe New Eden Brother. I did not know you, but losing anyone permanently is a sad day for the community at large.
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I do not understand any of the names you said, and not the EVE slang, but I respect that man because of how you said he played. A great strategist never underestimates the power diplomacy can bear with it.It's a sad thing when IRL takes the best of us. Also, I now lost any kind of respect for the lybian revolution.My deepest condolences, not as a member of the EVE community, but as a gamer, a strategist and as a mere human being. I wish for the day that no gamer has to share Vilerats fate.-Megarith
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What Ever side you are on,, Eve is not just a game, it has become in game and out of game a Community, I have made many friends since joining the game in 2003, my thoughts are with not only with Sean Smith aka Vile Rat's family but also with his close friends with in the game who also must be going through much pain at the moment
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A very saddening read. I am very sorry for your loss.
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Are you sure? Without religion the very film that was directly responsible for his death would not have existed. Sure, they'd still be turmoil in the world, but not on the same magnitude there is now.
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So Sorry for your loss. Thank you Vile Rat for your contribution to EvE. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your Faimily and friends both in RL and in EvE.Wasur, Pilot,Vanguard Alliance Frontiers
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RIP o7
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While I agree with you. I think it's a little soon to get wrapped up in the moral debate. It's really easy as an Atheist to say end religion. I do not have to justify balancing my own religion with my desire to end the other.
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I understand nothing one could say would make any difference, I can only offer my deepest condolences.
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I'm sharing this with everyone!
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My thoughts and prayers go out to Sean and his family. I may not know Sean, but we are all connected by what we value. The World and New Eden are darker places with his passing.
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R.I.P. Prayers go out to his family.
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I never met you but it's always sad when an influential person in any aspect of life, Real or Imaginary, is taken from this world. EVE is a community where we get to know people very well and to have something such as this happen is like losing a real life friend even if you didn't know him either ingame or out of game. This community creates a bond that everyone shares and when one member passes away we all feel the stress. .Rest in Peace mate.
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"Paix à ton âme l'ami" from frenchee ! We'll all miss you !!! RIP
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50 Dread saluteRest upon the stars Vile Rat. Your service to many was not in vain. Fly safe where ever you may be. o7
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From all of us at Unity1 and the Unity Coalition, thank you for your great service to the EVE community and the United States! o7 Vile Rat and fly safe!
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RIP buddy, you helped make this bad game less bad
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RIP Sean, you will be missed.My sincere condolences to your family.
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RIP Vile Rat
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I truly have not a clue about the games you speak of. But loss of a friend I understand completely. prayers to Seans friends and family. RIP.
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Sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace!
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Very moving. Thank you for you insight.
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RIP Vile Rat, you will be missed.
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Now, I'm crying.. One of my people is gone.. If you need anything, even though I don't play Eve, though now I'm going to look into it.. Just ask.
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Never met the man, only ever saw goon but from a distance.I guess this is were both worlds (IG/IRL) collides.I'm sorry for your loss.
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Vile was living testament that not all games are suited to kids. I deeply respect this mans ultimate sacrifice in real life, it is a shame to have sacrificed himself to an unworthy population, undeserving of his abilities and talent. Sadly there are no cloning stations in RLAfter hearing about Sean's vile fate late last night, our roam went suicidal and I went down in my sacrilge deep in hostile territory, never firing shot but shouting in local "Para Vile Rat!" along with my fleet mates.Fly safe Vile!, drop a doomsday on those buggers, you may have to tell God about the blues you took out;)Capt Fugly/Ti'Anna
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Alex, when I came online to see what people were saying, I did not for a moment think it would feel so close to home. No matter what one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof), it is despicable to seek to kill or injure a fellow human being. I am thinking of you and all who knew this wonderful man.
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A permanent Titan wreck in VFK is what I think should be done.
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The film wasn't directly responsible for anything, the people committing the violence were directly responsible. That's the point. Religion is just one thing people do senseless and violent things because of, it isn't religion that's the problem, it's the people committing the senseless and violent things.
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RIP. We are all united in our outlook and values to play a niche game like eve, to have one of us taken in this way is shocking and deeply saddening. Awful news.
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This was sad news. My condoleances to the family and to all who knew him. Reading the post above I really hope there will be a memorial somewhere in the Eve Universe.
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RIP and fly safely VR.
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While I have spent most of my Eve career shooting Goons. I recognize the achievements made by him through out his time in this game. I am deeply sorry for your loss and saddened that there is one less capsuleer.
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I only played EVE so long, but I've been an online gamer for 10+ years so I know the bonds of friendship that can develop between gamers. My condolences go out to VR's family, friends, GOON, and the EVE community as a whole. From what I've read I believe I would be ok with saying "VR...may you continue to shoot blue in the great beyond".
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The film didn't murder anyone. A bunch of ignorant animals did. This is the one of the only group of humans left on this planet who still think pain and death is an okay response to someone on the other side of the planet hurting your feelings. Remember when the Catholics started burning down Los Angeles when the trailer for Dogma came out? Neither do I. It's 2012. Damn.RIP Sean Smith, you'll be missed. :(
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My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. He will be missed.
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To live on in the hearts we leave behind is to never die.
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I'm so sorry to hear this news, I'd heard this morning about the embassy but i've never thought that anything like that could be connected to something that I love like EVE. By the sounds of it, Sean has had an incredible impact on what the game is today, and for that he has my never ending gratitude. I never knew VR, nor had I ever heard of him, and yet I still feel as tough im in shock, and so I can hardly imagine how those of you who knew him must feel. My condolences to you all.Fly Safe Vile Rat, your podding angels now.
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i didint know him but knew of him. my condolences to both GSF and his family. i hope the next few months are gentle on them
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Requiescat in pace Sean
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thoughts from all at ushra khan a sad time indeed :(
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I only knew him as a poster in SA who would offer advice to those of us looking to get in that line of work, and he never failed to be very informative and helpful.Its all about the legacy we leave behind and it seems that he left a very good one. My thoughts are with you and yours.
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My condolences to his wife, family, colleges and friends in and out of the community.
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Shit man, this is shocking to hear. I've had chats on TS with the man a long time ago when I was still playing EVE. Thoughts go out to his friends and family.RIP Vile.
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Au revoir, my friend.
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R.I.P Fellow Pod Pilot. <3 Porkie
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RIP VR. We will miss you.ReAl.
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I'm trying to find something wise or comforting to say Mittani, but the words just elude me, no one deserves to die like that, and no one deserves to feel the kind of loss you feel right now. There's a point where a friend stops being a friend and becomes family, and it sounds like Vile Rat had long crossed that threshold with you. I am truly sorry for you loss Mittani, You and the rest of the portion of the Eve Online community that you led alongside him have my deepest and most heartfelt condolences.
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This isnt roleplay Azdan Leave it mate
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My thoughts are with his family and friends this day. While I did not know him personally, I have the utmost respect for him and the organization (both in-game and in RL) that he was a part of. As an Iraq war vet, I know all too well the pain something like this can cause. The loss leaves you empty and confused. Take comfort in knowing he died serving his countrymen; one of the most honorable pursuits there is.I salute you Vile! May you rest in peace. You will be missed. ZR
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I don't play EVE, and I did not know this man. But from reading about him it seems like he was really into, and really influential in, the game. It also sounds like he was a good person in general. It sucks to hear that he lost his life, and his family lost a husband/father(?)/son/etc, over some pointless violence that will amount to NOTHING in the end. RIP Mr. Sean Smith. My condolences to his friends and family.
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Wow, just....wow. I'm so sorry. I never officially met Vile Rat, had him on contact list for untold amount of years for who knows what reason. Condolences to the wife, to the goons who lost a friend, and anyone else in game who lost a friend. This world is so stupid sometimes.
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I've had the pleasure and privilege to fly with Sean. I also had the privilege of talking to him.Sean, you will never be forgotten. We will all make sure of that.My sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends.Fly safe, Sean
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This is an absolute tragedy, he was a genius and an inspiration. Condolences to those who feel his loss in a very personal way.~RIP Vile~
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DO IT CCP.
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Aye, I'm part of S2N as well, and while we are at war with the Goons, I feel bad for real life death. Poor guy. RIP.
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I try to stay clear of Eve politics as much as possible, but did have the chance to speak to Vile Rat a couple of times and he always seemed an intelligent and polite man, even if we were not exactly on the same page in every matter. More importantly, he seems to have made an incredible impact on those who called him a friend, something we should all strive for. Rest in peace, Sean.
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I linked to this post on my blog. We share your loss. If you would like me to remove the link let me know and i will do so. My sympathies on the loss of your friend.
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spoken like a true EVE player :p
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Not quite sure how you determined the order of magnitude the level of world turmoil with or without religion as removing it from the timeline would make it almost impossible to predict what would happen or even if it is possible to have people not believe in something. Lets not forget that atheists don't believe in god(s) but it is still a belief.Show me a double blind multi-universe study and I'll believe you, now we know that isn't going to happen so were just going to have to believe against/for something.Also given our natural tendencies we could also argue that preventing any form of religion from occurring no matter what would place some serious physical limitations on our mental faculties.More relevant to the article it appears in recent news that this attack was planned and not a sudden flash mob event so the movie might just be a pretence for the attack. Morally bankrupt terrorists likely organised this not a belief system.
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Ingame we might be mortal enemies and kill each other over tech moons and other stuff ... but in the end we are all human beings and so I'm as shocked as you all to hear from this. We play a game where we wage war against each other on a daily base and sometimes you begin to hate the person behind the avatar for his actions or simply for his heritage, like some do with the mittani for him being an "ass" in some peoples mind. But as I said in the end we are all alike. And that's the point where we players exceed the others that kill each other in real life over some stupid believe in a god that might not even be there or because they hate a whole country cause for their government. We, the players, are the better men, cause in the end, we, no matter where we're from or what god we believe in, have learned to tolerate each other and even grief together over a dead player ... although we like to kill each other over and over again on a virtual plane in space. Rest in peace VR, my condolences and that of Broken Toys go to his family and friends.This is Buzz Runaway of Boomer Inc, Broken Toys signing off
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--------------------------------My Sincerest CondolencesFrom: SuperboomSent: 2012.09.12 09:08To: Draghkar, Powers Sa, Courthouse, Sara Rae, Taaii, Sion Kumitomo, Ish Bosheth, Kaleb Rysode, Tector, The Mittani, Gicer, CindareEarlier tonight I learned of the unfortunate and untimely death of Vile Rat, Sean Smith, There are no words to describe the grief that I am feeling right now, and I cannot possibly imagine the shock and sorrow that has been thrust on you and your community of friends.Please accept my sincerest condolences and know that I as well as many others in the EVE Community are here with you through it all.Yours in mutual grief,pilotsr/superboomCEO Pwn 'N Play
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--------------------------------CondolencesFrom: Pythus KaiserSent: 2012.09.12 09:04To: Powers SaHi Powers,having just read the news on Vile Rat's death, I want to offer my condolences on behalf of MoA and myself to all GSF members and the CD in particular. No words can describe how fucked up this is.. I wish you guys all the best in coping with this loss..- Pythus
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--------------------------------Vile ratFrom: Xenophilius LovegoodSent: 2012.09.12 04:41To: Draghkar, Powers Sa, Courthouse, Sara Rae, Nicholai Sanse, Taaii, Ish Bosheth, Kaleb Rysode, Tector, The Mittani, Gicer, Cindare, TotalaniOn behalf of everyone in S2N, I want to express our sincere condolences on the death of Vile rat. He was widely respected from all corners of EVE as an excellent diplomat and worthy voice for Goonswarm. Our people are unanimous in their sorrow.That his death has shaken so many, irrespective of in-game affiliation, is a testament to his great influence on the EVE community. He will be missed.With every sympathy,All of Nulli Secunda
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I'm pretty torn up about this, he was an awesome person in every way. RIP buddy, and thanks for a life of service to the public.
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Just realized you didn't read before you replied, I think Jason Walter meant that the Eve community would help Vilerat's family not your own ideals. Quite tactless to post in such a manner, it is a time for mourning and support not hate and knee-jerk reactions.
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Forget all that stuff, a human being has died, we should mourn that fact regardless of anything else. RIP buddy.
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@Vilerat's wifeIf there's anything at all you need, let us know, the entire EVEO community is behind you and your family in this horrible time.Sean will NOT be forgotten, that's a promise!
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He was a master of the game and extremely helpful person. Brightest blessing to his family. He will be missed!!
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I barely knew him, but I knew of his reputation, and I had great respect for it. Fuck man, this is really sad.
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RIP mate. You will be missed by all of us.
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Goon, SOCO, Testie, we are all a community fighting or not. Please accept my heartfelt condolences even if I wanted to kill him everyday in game, in life he deserved better. RIP the community will miss you.
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I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you but you will be missed.
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It's not what we've lost, but how much we've gained in the time we shared with you. You will be truly missed.
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Hundreds of millions were poured in this air war to give those freaks independence, and thats how they repay the US. By storming an embassy and killing a IT guy.... Seriously, sometimes I think a large part of the middle-est should be carpet bombed by nukes.. Fucking fanatics enrage me like you have no idea. I didn't know the guy. But I know that right now, alot of people are grieving because some lunatics can't take criticism of their god or religion..Sorry if I offend anyone with this post, but at this moment I'm mad. At least, I am NOT storming an embassy!!!
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i am sooo sorry for your loss CFC and goons and to his family and friends. eve will never be the same with out him.
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Saw the story from MSNBC very touching, RIP Vile Rat.
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This is sad news indeed. I hope that he finds a peaceful resolution in the next life <3
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I met him almost 3 years ago, when I was a baby indy in a tiny corp in the Northern Alliance. It isn't every PVPr that will take any interest in an indy and spar over on SISI. I am heavily bummed that I will never again hear the FB chime, see the green dot and get an invite to go spar for a few and learn something more about PVP. I will definitely miss him.
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This is sad news indeed. These things should not happen
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On behalf of VENGA and other lawless Stealth Bombers out there, and as human beings, we offer our condolences. I never knew Vile Rat, but to help create and maintain, what is the most formidable entity in Eve, shows true talent and dedication. Let's all remember that above all, at the end of the day we are all people, and that although in game we may "hate" each other, never to let that control and lessen our humanity and our ability to feel empathy for others.ICXCNIKA
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To be mortal enemies in the serious business called EVE online and be able to drink a beer with each other and laugh about it. Sometimes even EVE seems soft and cuddly compared to the cold harsh reality called real life.I hope there are virtual spaceships in heaven. o7
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Most of you know me as Windsor372. I am currently home on leave from the Middle East, where I work with the U.S. Department of State.I may not have known Vile Rat, but like most everyone here, he has touched my life. We all share in this loss.Mittani, thank you for sharing .Vile Rat, thank you for your life, it had a purpose.
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They played this news clip in my school, I was completely dumb founded, all my friends asked me in the school "Don't you play that game?" God bless your family Mrs. Smith. o7 Vile Rat
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i agree on you with this, i heard about this from by bro who had said an eve player had been killed in libya. it surprised me really, i wonder how many other eve players may have passed without us knowing
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or have a memorial in jita or something like that
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and you're banned.
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I just wanted to say RIP to Sean, condolences to his friends, and I do not think I have the words to comfort his wife. I never knew him in EVE or in the world downrange, but I am certain, considering my many deployments, we were in the same places at the same times, eating the same dirt and experiencing the same danger. As a prior Marine and current CT targeteer, rest assured the unblinking eye is now focused on the vile Murderers of Sean and Amb Stevens. To the stars Sean, fly safe!StunloxRat Pack Renegades
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confirming internet spaceships is NOT srs bizniss. :( RIP
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I always held the highest respect for Vile Rat. I was a BTLS pubby and he actually treat a fair amount of us pretty well and had plenty of good times talking whatever in TS. I had the pleasure of talking to him in game and on TS. It's been a while but I feel the pain. I was in udder shock at work today when I made the connection while browsing Fark. :(.Anytime I shoot blues, I'll think of Vile Rat and wish I could tell him.
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http://i.imgur.com/xHxPo.pngClosest thing there is to a big ass candle in memory of VR.
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This is a cyno-light vigil in honor of Vile Rat.
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i remember VR from the time i played eve. He was a great leader and knew what he was doing. He kept us from losing many pixel money. Thank you for your service and i hope where you have gone to is a better place. RIP VR
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i dont know him nor have i had the chance to be in his presence while playing eve but i couldnt help shedding a tear for another lost american. i appreciate what this man has done for us in eve and i hope his legacy lives on--R.I.P VR
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RIP VR. I've only ever been able to play casually but one of the great attractions is the Great Game being conducted around the little guys like me by people like Vile Rat. Condolences to his friends and family, your loss is greater than we can know. :(
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I didn't know Vile Rat, but I knew who he was, in EVE. And now, to hear who he was in life, and how he died, fills me with a bitter anger. He will be remembered!
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It is frustrating, but try to remember what he stood for: Cool heads prevailing, and diplomatic progress.
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I am not sure what your understated response means. However, when I say we need to take care of justice, I am referring to the people that did the act, not all Libyans. That should have been clear to you in my post if you read the first two sentences of paragraph two. I was in Kosovo on the first anniversary of 9-11 and I am willing to bet you never even knew about the Memorial that the Muslims in Kosovo held for all of the victims of 9-11. You did not know because no American news media published it. Like I said, it is the extremists and their leaders everywhere that cause the problems. Or, do you feel that we should just let the murderers go? I would like to know because I can't figure out what you are saying.
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Godspeed Vile Rat from a WoW player. /salute
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Don't even play eve or know VileRat your you. but very nice what you wrote hit me in the feels. sounds like someone I would of liked to have met .Sad that ill never be able to now.
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It's amazing how a game like EVE can bring such diverse people together and enjoy a single experience. It's always sad to hear about those lost in war. From a fellow brother in arms. o7
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Didn't know you, now I never will. I know of you because of this, and I hope others will too. And maybe they'll remember not to just go about shooting people... except when playing Internet spaceships.
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A film didn't make a mob kill people. Religion made a mob kill people. All religion is demonstrably false and harmful.
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Vile Rat - You were such a great friend, it sucks that you had to be taken from your family, children and friends. I will always remember you for the awesome person who are and I will miss you my friend. RIP Vile Rat
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If Goonswarm organized a memorial "Biker Run" of spaceships from one side of High Sec Eve to the other, I'd fly in it to honor him.
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Oh god I am so sorry :*(
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The new Minnie Logi frigate the "VileRat"
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RIP semper fi from an ex marine and a fellow player in eve, on behalf of broken toys and friends we send our condolences to the family. rip
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I'm not a participant in the EVE millieu, I hail from Planet Calypso in Entropia Universe. While Vile Rat was obviously a priceless ally and dreaded foe in EVE, above all he was a friend to you all. I mourn with you.May your pain of loss pass quickly, may the memories of your adventures in the black of space with him linger always. Carry his torch. Keep going. Persevere. That's the best way to honor him, both in EVE and on Earth.May justice be swift.
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I thank Vile Rat for his service of our country. My heart goes out to his family. I hope they are surrounded by good friends and family who can be there for them in their time of pain and loss. I know he will be missed on many levels.
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Well , R.I.P Vile Rat, its time Goonswarm , its time to take the Technetium moons of Libya ! Oh wait, the U.S.A Already did : /
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Quite a shock to see this in the paper this afternoon. Vilerat came across as a very decent man in goonfleet and D&D alike. May he and his loved ones find peace and one another again.
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It was an honor to have even been in the game with VR. Massive respect from Lambent Enterprises.
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Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
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Thank you for the wonderful words and sharing Vile Rat's history with us. Please let us know if you are planning a memorial or gathering in EVE. Condolences for Sean Smith's family and Vile Rat's brothers and sisters in EVE.Fly safe o7
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So long, young man. We thank you from our hearts for your service and the nation mourns you and the others... God bless you and the United States of America.
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There are no words at how angry I am at this. I think he lived a beautiful life with a very interesting outlook on where cooperate action and diplomacy can get us, and the real good such efforts can make in the everyday world, I hope exploring his worldview will transmute this anger, I think we have to redouble our efforts in the direction of his vision for a future of justice.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Im so, so sorry. We will not let the unfortunate circumstances sully the relationship between peoples, The honorable intentions that belied his presence will be remembered and shall underwrite friendship between nations. All violence is senseless, let us transcend it together at once.
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I spend all day yesterday trying to understand, that he had really died, but i still cant So all my thoughts go to you, his family. we thank you from the bottom of all our hearts that you gave us the gift that was the company of your husband. The 'work' he did in eve might very well have been a big part in me getting some of my closest friends whom are going to be in my life untill the day i die. and he never knewAnd as a sidenote. in Denmark ( a small country in scandinavia - Europa) even they, one of our biggest newspapers, have picked up on just how special Vilerat was to all of us. he was given his own article, and not being refered to as one of the three employees that dies alonside the ambassador.So in the salute of my ancestors - See you in Valhalla Sean smith, for you are truly now and forever a great man. thank you for having touched all of our lives
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My condolences, I never directly interacted with Sean but I am truly saddened by this unnecessary and tragic loss of life. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Godspeed brother.
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theWoman... R.I.P. VR
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More than a Monument, his avatar should become an NPC so he will still live here for us.
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I send out my sincere condolences to all of VR's friends and family. It's an awful tragedy to lose someone, especially someone with as much influence in all aspects of his life. My prayers are with all who knew and loved him. R.I.P. Sean.
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I Pew Pew for the QQ and now for VR
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I knew Vile Rat for what he was, a great diaplomat and upstanding gentleman. He and his family will be in our prayers. Rip old friend, you will be sorely missed.
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I did not know Vile Rat nor do I play EVE but as a gamer myself, I wanted to offer my condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
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Such a system should be in Syndicate, of course.
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Rest in peace Sean "Vile Rat" Smith. Sincere condolences to his family
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Red Alliance and even a Red Citizen have changed our outpost names. Fly safe Vile Rat, where ever you are now 07
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RIP Vile Rat. Thanks for all you did for Goonfleet/Goonswarm. Those years of messing with Chowdown/LV, and wrecking BoB were the highlight of my game "life", and times I'll never forget. I still remember him being one of the main diplomats along with Blitter and Garregus when we started renting out 7-K in the 'New Regions', and hearing stories about behind the scenes action all through my GoonFleet adventure. See you on the other side of the stars. o7
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He already knows. Shoot blues in his honor.
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oh wow... I remember that time in Cloud Ring. o7
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As an active duty infantryman in the U.S. Army i have seen the love, loss, laughter and tears. I always look back and remember my friends for who they were and what direction they wanted to go in life. I never had the pleasure of meeting Vile Rat, in any form, and yet I understand the trail he blazed for us all. To all who have recently learned about Vile Rat, ever known Vile Rat, fleeted up with Vile Rat or has had the pleasure of being on Vile Rats kill mail, I say to you Fill your glass, mugs and steins with your best drink. Raise it high over your head, close your eyes and REMEMBER..........
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I can't know your or your family's pain, he was more than just influential in the game, he was a hero and the world has lost as well and shares in your pain. We are so very sorry.
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RIP. You will be greatly missed, love & strength go to your family and friends from the entire EVEO community at this unimaginably difficult time.
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A cool guy, RIP.
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That was a very sad read. I do not play EVE but I can imagine how you are feeling right now. We lost our guildleader and friend just a couple months ago in a shooting. My thoughts are with his family and his friends.
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My deepest condolances
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RIP Vilerat thanks for making goonfleet so fun & not banning me for ripping on your tattoo.
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I am deeply saddened to see this turmoil claim more lives. ..may the murderers be brought to justice, and goodness prevail over this cultish zealotry so that our children can focus on more important problems than belligerently ignorant men.. See you later, space cowboy -
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There is a plan for a memorial NPSI (ie shoot blues) event in his memory. Shoot blues, tell Vile Rat.
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A loss for all who call themselves gamers. :(
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It is so sad to loose a great man to ignorance and blind hate . My condoleances to his family and friends . For all those that are thinking that more violence will make this right , have a look at : http://imgur.com/a/tlCyI
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He formed a huge part of New Eden without a weapon, while we were talking about our epeen ships. Some poeple like him are simply awesome,.
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I was at work when I saw this article,so i am just now able to really post. I am truly, truly saddened by this. We may be on opposite sides of the game, but his impact on EVE is not questioned. There are those who may not understand why all the commotion about him. I say it is not so much that "someone who played EVE" died. It is the circumstances around his death that are the major cause of such an outcry of support. It also coupled with his impact in the game itself. Those two factors make this a legitimate big deal. He has fallen victim to the same type of political/philosophical incidents that EVE is know for. However, EVE is fake. Life is real. Terrorism is real.A real person has died in the service of his country. I am truly in awe at the amount of support that is coming from this community of gamers, and it is sobering and chilling. Rest In Peace Vile Rat. I did not know you, but you will be missed by many. EVE. Forever. o7
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To Vilerat's wife, family and friends. I did not know him but my condolences to all. May you find peace and may he rest in peace.
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A real tragedy - RIP Vile Rat - may you always be remembered.
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I'm sorry for his loss.
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fleeted with him once or twice. never spoke to him. doesn't matter. he affected my life through the game we both played. my condolences to his wife, children, and friends. He's not gone, just one jump out. We'll see you when traffic control lets us through.
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rip vr you were doing a great thing
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My sincere condolences as well as well to all who knew him! However the circumstances it is always sad to loose someone and it is doubly sad if it happens under such conditions way before his time. All the best to his family!
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Damn, I'm really sorry to see him go. I talked to him off and on for years while I was playing and always found him bright and enjoyable. Respect.
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Wow, I saw the report but initially missed that he was "Vile Rat" in game. Had many a great talk with Vile throughout my EVE career both as ally and enemy and just passing in the night. He was a great guy and will be remembered. I don't play any longer as I've moved on to MechWarrior Online but will always remember the times I talked to him in EVE. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. He will definitely be missed.- Taram Caldar
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Such a tragic lost and most upsetting. To Sean Smith's wife and kids my condolence to your family.
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Never had the pleasure of meeting Vile rat ingame. But he was widely know throughout Eve Online, For all his work (and the CSM work) on improving Eve Online for the players. He will always be a member of the eve online community and who will be greatly missed by all.R.I.P Vile Rat, will always be remembered and missed.
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I don't know why this has effected me to the extent it has. I've never interacted with him and only know him through the words of others. Yet here I am sitting here with some vain hope that he isn't dead, so that everyone can be happy again.
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Deep peace of the gentle night to Vile Rat's friends and family during this difficult time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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See ya on the flip VR.
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I had few chit chat with him when I was at war with Goons, back in 2006 (I was in LV). Apart the banter between players he was a good person and a good man with a brilliant mind.RIP.
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My deepest condolences Vile Rat's wife and children.TheMittani, though it makes the loss deeper and more painful for me, thank you for letting me know who Vile Rat was and all he contributed to EvE.
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A tragedy.. Only spoke with him briefly a few times. Noone deserves death because of fairytale creatures, religion poisons everything..My thoughts and condolences to his family..
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Keep everyone posted regarding where folks can make a donation.
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RIP bro
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Rip Vile Rat, I rarely spoke to him.. twice I think, but I thought he was a nice guy... I didn't even know his role in eve, now I know.. and as jason said, he'll be remembered.
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I too have lost friends due to violent acts...its never easy to accept that they are really gone. But with time comes acceptance. I truely feel sadness for the loss of ANYONE who died in service to our country, community, and beliefs. May we all find peace of mind and comfort in difficult times.
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Rest in Peace!
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Agreed with Jason. If there's anything we can do, ask.
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My deepest sympathies for the loss of such a good friend. Not having known him personally, I still see his affect on the EVE community. RIP,Mortarian
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Even though I'm not an Eve player, I feel for your communities and for your loss.
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See ya in Vahalla brother!
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Let this remind everyone! who like me plays EVE (Dalcho) it is JUST A GAME! and real life is far more terrifying and vastly more important, so for every father who spends too much time getting lost in this world we have all created together, Dock up now go tell your wife and kids how much you love them! RIP RAT
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the loss will be honored in the nature of history's code of respect between pilots and sailors alike when a comrade or opponent falls..my thoughts and prayers are with his family and hope his journey into the next stages of his existence finds him within reach of what he calls paradise....R.I.P. the stars have dimmed if not for but an instance...
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I've fought with Goons against Goons and seen (read: lost ships) to Vile Rat and co. Seperating a spaceship game from the humanity however, I am truly appaulled at whats happened. My heartfelt sorrow goes to VR's family. I am truly disturbed by what's happened. Take comfort in the fact that sending in FAST Marines to find the people who did this is no joke and he will be avenged.
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You must be pretty old school. They renamed it from Communicator to IMS in the late 90's or early 2000's.We might know each other ...
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We in Damned Nation offer our sympathies. We will donate to that fund for VR's family when it's up and running. Please get the word out.VR was a comrade pilot and though our mutual standings are terrible, we're all comrade pilots in the end.
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My Condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of VR aka Sean. Being an 8 year veteran of Eve, any loss like this is truly fealt world wide. I did not know him personally, but knew of his work through the CFC and other in game ventures. As others have stated before, anything you need, just let us know.Ozany
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I was obviously not close to the guy, and was not with Goonswarm for more than a year either, but I do remember having fly with him in a raid or two. Fly safe o7
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I thought I had posted this yesterday, but, I do not see it today. Let me try again.Powersv2 - Did you read the first two sentences in the second paragraph? If so you would know that I do not condemn all Muslims or all Libyans for what happened. So, what does 'nope' mean? Does that mean you are not for prosecuting the people who murdered your friend and three other US citizens? Please, tell me.Or, is 'murder' too strong a word for you? What do you think happened if they were not murdered? Do you think this was a 'dispute that got out of hand"? Nope, it was murder.As always it is the extremists who take whatever their idea of Justice into their won hands. Jonestown cyanide in the Cool Aid, Ruby Ridge, Waco, religious zealots on crusades, countless examples...Looking forward to your reply.
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It's a sad world we live in when something like this can happen especially when so little can be said that gets even close to justifying anything at all about the actions that took place three days ago. In these days we have seen what our community really is and how much of a lie it is when people say that online communities like ours are simply nothing but groups of antisocial nerds who play a game as a substitute for meeting and caring for other people in real life. These days have shown that the community is much more than simply a gaming community, that people truly care for each other and are more than ready to set aside their differences when something tragic such as this happens. I am proud of being a member of this community that shows the compassion and tolerance the real world is in such fatal lack of. Vile Rat, Sean, touched many of our life's in some way or another and nothing can be said or done to even remotely express our feelings about this tragic loss.My sincere condolences go out to all those who knew him and especially his family. He will never be forgotten.RIP Vile Rat
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I never met him in or out of game but after reading a lot of the tributes on the internet I can't help but feel touched. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP
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I was on the opposite side of the field as Vile Rat all the time. However, I will say he will be missed. It is a great shame this has happened and my prayers and thoughts go out to his family. As I mentioned on the -A- facebook page in regards to the one jerk-off there. This isn't meant for a debate but to note the loss of a person, to many a great friend and to others an acquaintence. However, all should mourn the loss of a human being to some of the most real life unimaginable violence.RIP Good sir.
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Great post. I don't play the game. Just followed google to find out about Vile Rat - may he rest in peace!
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Agreed, Azdan.The film was just the chosen excuse for a massed AQ assault on multiple US embassies on the anniversary of the 9-11 attack. They needed something to whip up mobs of lunatics, and this was chosen out of a myriad of things that they are riled over.
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RIP Vile Rat. I am deeply sorry for your family that you left behind, and I am mad at hose true rats that did this.They want respect? They haven't earned it, they don't deserve it, they should be put at the wall, simply because this is the only language they understand.
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I dont understand why i am so saddened by the loss of this man... i have never flown or even talked to him before. I'm sure he was a great person and im damn sure he was a great pilot. My condolences to the families of all affected by this insanity. I promise you Sean Smith will not be forgotten, from someone who has never talked to this person before... i will not forget him.
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My deepest condolances to the family of Sean and you mittani.The Great War has always interested me from a "historic" point of view, especially the change of sides of the Mercenary Coalition, I always wondered: why switched sides? Now I know more about it, and ...Fuck!Fucking shots
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On behalf of my Corporation D.E.P.P. (former ev0ke member) i would like to adress our heartfelt condolence first to his wife & kids and the relatives of the other killed Embassy members, but also to his space comrades that knew him closer. Beeing in hospital the last few days i received the message via mobile and then awestruck watched the CNN coverage. This is not only a sad day for the EVE-Community, but the whole world. The muslim world has now to react. Like we in Germany do not let fascist neonazi Skinheads represent our country, culture & religion uncommented and unpunished the muslim leaders HAVE TO take a stance and make clear, especially for their own people, that these criminals ain´t muslims and do not have the right to murder in the name of Mohammed and the religion Islam (which means PEACE translated). These guys are a greater insult to the religion of Islam than any stupid & disgusting movie ever can be.I remember all the fun we had, bashing at each other in Cloud Ring and surroundings in 2010. VR had a great part in this, and so he will be remembered. In EVE and in real life.R.I.P. Sean Smith aka Vile Rat
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CNN : Ex-SEALs, online gaming maven among Benghazi deadhttp://www.cnn.com/2012/09/14/...They not only identified him in the article, but have a photo of him up too.
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The CFC always has been our main enemy since I play eve. But at least we didn´t lose an enemy, we lost one of us. It doesn´t matter if we are enemies ingame, it doesnt matter if we know each other, we all share one thing: the love to a fking game called eve. All the best to his family and friends.We won´t forget !
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Rip vile rat. Prayers to family
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I don't play eve, but you touched the life of someone I know who does play. RIP Vile Rat.
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Sorry for the loss of your friend,We use the word friend loosely and without full regard at times, for me friends are people whom I choose to be part of my life and are in a way family.So again I reiterate, my condolences for the loss of your friend and from my own experiences, there is no "right" way to grieve.Peace and blessings to all those who lost there lives in these attacks and there families.StevenKraetar (eve)
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My deepest condolences. I have been in Goonswarm as a spy for ev0ke. In the times i was able to be in Rat's presence on Mumble, i got the impression of a clever and funny Man, he gave the swarm much, and i had the deepest respect for him as for many other COs of Goonswarm, even though i fought them ingame. He will be missed. Ingame, but especially in Life, where the Assholes seem to outnumber the normal people.Goodnight sweet Prince, you will be missed.
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This wall of text, is one of the most beautiful I've ever read.I feel so sorry about your loss - when I read about this absolutely horrible freakouts, I always get so angry...I don't play EVE. I played it long time ago, before I started to join the games of Blizzard Entertainment.But it's quiet unimportant, which kind of game we play - everyone of us belongs to the same community in this amazing world wide web.The passage, where you write "This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned."were so extremly emotional.. I'm sitting here, in save austria, and the only thing I'd like to do, is to hug you all, until this horrible time ends.I'd like to thank Vile Rat - who was nameless for me until today - for being a part of all the newspapers around the whole world. The first thing I did, when i came come from work today, was to visit google and find out, who he was. I'm speechless, when I see, how many people are aghasted about his death.All my thoughts and all my prayers, for his wife and his friends.Everyone who knows what an online-community is, is thinking of you.My dear - his death shocked the whole fucking world.Tonight, there's burning a candle for your man. For Vile Rat. For Sean Smith, who'll never be forgotten.Best wishes and a few thousand hugs from austria.If there's a god, he should bless you and your family.-One of those, who cries in vain; Sarahbelphega@gmx.at
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Goodbye vilerat, this bitter vet mourns for you, RIP buddy.
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i am also from austria, also found it in the news and googled it. never played EvE, but other games - and felt the whole gaming community lost one very important member.those who knew him ingame or IRL - be thankful for what you had and all you still have to remember.he touches people all over the world who never heard of him before - which makes me feel the gaming community is a great one, at least the majority of it.best wishes to his family and his close friends, im deeply sorry for your loss...may his story teach us to treat each other with respect - ingame, in real life, in the whole world.RIP Vile Rat
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R.I.P Dude
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Rest in peace, Vilerat. I've never played EVE and I browse SA every once in a while, but you sounded like an awesome, smart dude.
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i think every allaince should contract everyone and invite roam gang cluster where during the day in different time in one system every allaince would fight each otherAs in memory of vile rat and the game he loved
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My Sincere condolences to His Wife and family and his alliance mates. I recorded Clinton Making her remarks about VR. Please share with people. Also.. any word on the FUnd? I have yet to be able to find the legeit one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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Although I only had one dealing/convo with VR directly I remembered it from well over a year ago. Why? Because he was a funny, amenable guy in my talk over a dumb Diplo issue I had to deal with, as a Corp CEO/Rep for BDEAL in Fountain. When I heard the news on CNN that Smith was VR I was in shock an immediately remembered my brief dealing with him. Now I also know why he was a great Diplo. He was trained by Pro's at the US State Dept. lol. My prayers go out to his IRL Family and IG one. I have read his name many times in EVE related stuff and realize EVE has lost a great player on and off the grid.Ethos Dragous aka Mike
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Hi, what I could add that it wasn't said and I coulnd't say it in a better way as already done by you all people. I started to play at Eve in nov. 2007. I ve never met Vile Rat or talk to him, but I heard a lot about him as a high skilled player and most of it , a great spirit of the gamers community. I remember that I was connected to Legion du Lys [LDLQ] a Quebec corp of Goonswarm. During the War Goons vs BoB I realized that Intelligence and coverts activity could be possible in Eve like real life. It s one of thoses things that s still make me playing Eve. I ve just figured out that s thanks to the great work of Sean in this game, to put intelligence and diplomacy as tools to increase our experience in game. He was generous as gamer and as a man who risked his life for his country, for his family.... For us. All this tragedy sounds with a strange echoe in my heart cause i am working for French Police Enforcement in a Task force, and even though i didn t know Sean, we were brothers sharing the same dreams of peace and safety, and sharing the same enjoyement to play Eve.I would like to share my deepest condolences to his wife, his family, his friends and his mates.Rest in Peace Sean, my Brother, my mate. Fly Safe Vile RatIn French: Repose en Paix Sean, mon Frère d'Arme, mon Compagnon de Jeu. Fais Bon voyagePs: i am french so i would like to apoligize for my poor English.Christopher Aka Jolinarr Ekhbat'th
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My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Sean and his fellow gamers at Goon. We can never understand the horrible event of this tragedy nor can we bring back someone who seems to epitomize the best someone can be. Still we can remember his spirit and honor his memory. I never had the opportunity to meet Sean in person or ingame but reading his story I have to believe Eve as a community was enriched by his presence and is likewise diminished by his absence. Like many who have gone before him in Eve history he will not be forgotten. Likewise as many who have gone before him in service of his country he will also never be forgotten. A great Eve player. A great American. You will be missed.Archbishop / Calladen Nimitz
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It's a terrible tragedy and loss, and I wish the best to those who lost family and friends in the attack. I personally never knew Sean "Vilerat" Smith, in RL or in Eve, but I respect any man willing to lay down his life for our country. My heart goes out to his wife and kids.
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My condolences
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Im so sorry for your loss... I knew him but not as well i as would have liked... stay strong
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I am a service member. Been one longer than I've been playing eve, but even i have heard of VR and all that he has done. The flag outside my home hangs at half mast. I think of VR and all those who have fallen when i salute in the morning and evening. He is known by me and will never be forgotten. Those who have known him will speak of him in reverence for the things he has done. This is a tragedy that no recompense can atone for. The light of a new morning will rise and we must continue to live. As many know him as a gamer in an online game, remember him for the values that shone through his actions in it. May his soul find peace and his family find some form of comfort.
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Screw all you people turning this into a debate. Take this for what it is , a friend remembering another friend, and leave it alone! R.I.P. Vile Rat Sorry for your loss to his family and friends, this sucks...
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RIP Vile Rat o7 o7 o7 o7 o7 o7 o7LOST and others in the WH community mourn your loss as well. Thank you for all the great things you helped to create in-game and our hearts go out to those you left behind.....FLY DANGEROUS!
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While I never knew Vile Rat, I have heard of him in many channels. It is a sad time for one of our own in EvE to pass on. Fly safe in the sky Sean and see you around space cowboy. RIP Vile Rat.
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I fought against goons but recognize that outside of a game, behind the toon is a person like me. If it was me there'd be no posts since I am not a person of note. I am very touched that so many people cared for this person outside and inside the game so much so that people whom I'll likely never meet mourn the death of a man I never knew. But because we are all part of this world called Eve, though a game on the surface, a community of people from all parts of the world, I feel a sense of loss. Because though we never met, spoke or knew each other on a personal level, he was one of us. As trite as it may sound, the truth is that we came to this community to belong, and even amongst internet spaceship enemies, there can be a human connection that ignores borders and brings us together. So yes, I fought goons, but the person behind the toons was like me, and in that, I mourn his loss. Sorry for your loss goons and to his friends and family outside of this community as well.
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R.I.P Sean "Vile Rat" Smith. :{
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I don't care what the reason, the way i look at it, he was a victim of unneccessary violence brewed by a clever mixture of hate, mud-slinging, and religious fanatacism. And if The Mitanni was as close to this guy as it seems he was, everything he has said here was perfect, the bullshit arguing over petty bullshit however is not. it doesn't matter if the film was the cause or not, wether the people who did it were barbarians, or what other nonsense you can come up with to try and ignore the first domino, there is unrest in the world, and it will cause loss. Those who feel this loss, my heart goes out to them because I know at the end of the day, it could have been my best friend, or family member, and as a person, I wish that upon no one. Crack a beer, fill a shot, spark one, whatever you feel necessary in rememberance to a man who has done so much for so many in such a unique way, and let the officials sort out who's to blame.
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Despite being an 4channer rather than a Goon I still wish to send my condolences.
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RIP Vile Rat
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I still don't know how to handle this yet.http://warhammergenerals.co.za...If anyone would like to contact me just give a shout to norm@normbates.comLet me know what happens with the EVE community on this, I'd like to be a part.
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I interacted only once with him. But I was always amazed at the dimplomatic geniuses of eve and he was one of them, be on pulbic posting, be on the results of his actions. Condolences for the family, and be sure he will be remembered by hundreds of thousand of people as an impressive person. To the attackers... if you here half the capable man he was, you would not need any stupid actions like this and you could have convinced people to remove that movie from internet, now you just made families suffer and several hundred thousand people think lower of your cause.
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RIP Sean. My son Art sent this to me, I am not a gamer. I am just an old soldier who has been around the block. My heart is heavy for those lost in this cowardly, senseless act of terror, and my flag flies at half staff to honor them. May their families find solace in the knowledge that an entire country grieves with them.Sarge
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My sincere condolences to Vilerat's family and friends. As a 22 yr navy vet. who has seen shipmates lose their lives in tragic circumstances, what has happened to Vilerat is as tragic as it comes.I'm so sorry...
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Well done and well said.... o7
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It is amazing how many people in these MMO's are touched by sadness when someone they know only on electronic media or within the MMO meet a sudden end. As a former serving member of the military during Desert Storm and the Bosnian Conflict I have spoken either on screen or voip with many people in dangerous areas... both military and civilian. Some of which have made it back unscathed.. others unfortunately less fortunate. Some still alive and some not. It does stoke a fire deep down inside and makes you want to grab those responsible and yell WHY.. There have been similar situations in other MMOs where an in-game tribute was arranged either by the manufacturer or the players themselves. For someone who helped not only to shape an alliance but also shape the development of Eve it would be a fitting memory. My thoughts and wishes go out to Vile Rat(Sean's) Family.
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I never knew Vile Rat but as a lover of internet spaceships (albeit a noobish one), mad respect for this guy for what he did for both the game and the United States. What an awful tragedy this is. My deepest condolences to all his family, friends, and even in-game adversaries.
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TURTLES BE SPINNING FOR VILERAT TONIGHTTHESE TURTLES DONT EVER STOP SPINNING
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Vilerat will be missed. He was an inspiration to many people. On the internet and off. He was our friend. And it was a privelage to know him. R.I.P. my brother. You will be remembered. And heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends.
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RIP Vile Rat you will be missed :(
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"He had the vision and the understanding to see three steps ahead of everyone else - in the game, on the CSM, and when giving real-world advice" no he didn't
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RIP vile, miss ya dude
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I did not not know Vile Rat, i knew him by reputation only. RIP
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RIP bro
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My condolences to you and Sean's family. I briefly flew with GS twice as part of Ars Technica corps, and although I was insignificant in the game, VR's efforts made a big impact on me. Very sorry to see this.
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absolutely right about that.
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07 He's Flying safely now
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i did not know Vile Rat, but no one deserves to die like that.May he enjoy the next life.
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Wish I'd seen this 24 days ago. There's no reason why QPO or VFK or something couldn't be renamed. They're temporary designations according to CCP anyway.
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Sean's mother was on CNN tonight. Check out the video.
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I'm just someone in Texas and my husband was a gamer for years. Most of these were written before much information had come out. Information is coming so slow for such a tragedy that should have never happened. I was trying to find out what and why, but the truth is still being concealed. I only know it was so wrong to have allowed this. The memorials on You Tube were very heartwarming. I am amazed there are so many. I can see Sean was a very special guy who enriched the lifes of so many people and will be missed greatly. I guess I just wanted to say there must be many more like me thinking about those Americans we lost.
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How to end war: http://9gag.com/gag/5675396
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Reading this again still brings tears to my eyes. I want to post my respects to Vile Rat, since I did not do so when I first read this. I was so moved by this one article, this one tribute to such a great man, and I still am. I may not have known who he was, or really anything about the greater workings in the EVE universe, but the story of VR has driven on my desire to write my own legend, whether here or in this game of internet spaceships.RIP, Vile Rat o7 Fly dangerously out there.
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As the Resident Gaming writer for Inquisitr.com it is my honor to announce the First ANNUAL Inquisitr Sean Smith Memorial Video Game Of The Year Award to be presented Monday, December 17, 2012. Feel free to contact me for comments or information at Nothing.Atoll@gmail.com.http://www.inquisitr.com/43558...
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We will Not forget his courage.
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We at "Justice For Benghazi", on fb will not allow the world, forget the sacrifices made!!
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This showed up in the Feb 2013 copy of Harper's.
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wow I havent played in a long time but the name was of course familiar to me; thats totally fucked upRIP VR
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I have no idea what language you are speaking in terms of the computer stuff but as a retired Marine, I am incredibly angry that his death and those of the others appear to be fading away in the mist of political spin and cover-up.
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RIP Vile Rat
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Thank you vile rat and mittani. Have never met either of you but have read stories of goonfleet as a new member of eve online and am always in awe. By the way the attacks in Benghazi were commited on the anniversary of 9/11 and the video which was shown to be the instigator of the attack probably had very little to do with the actual attack. This was planned. It was coordinated. It was shameful. RIP Vile Rat
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Just wrote an essay over this article for AP English. Still not forgetting you vile rat :)
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Rest in peace vile :(
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they just had a special on cnn a houre ago about it and talked about him

So: Vile Rat, Sean Smith, my friend for over six years, both in real life and in internet spaceships, was the “State Department Official” killed in Benghazi by a mob of religious lunatics, who had been incited to violence on this September 11th by a movie that was apparently made sometime in July. Obviously, given the combined attacks in Egypt and in Libya, this was a coordinated act designed for maximum media exposure; rile up a mob, point them at an embassy or consulate on 9/11 in particular, aim for the press. Many were injured in these pointless, reprehensible acts, and one of my closest friends was killed as a result.

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

We knew that Vile Rat was in Benghazi; he told us. He commented on how they use guns to celebrate weddings and how there was a constant susurrus of weaponry in the background. He was in situ to provide IT services for the consulate, which meant he was on the net all the time, hanging out with us on Jabber as usual and talking about internet spaceship games.

The last time he did something like this, he was in Baghdad in 2007 or 2008. He would be on jabber, then say something like ‘incoming’ and vanish for a while as the Kayatushas came down from Sadr City - State had been in the former Saddam Hussein palace on the Tigris before they built that $2bn fortress-embassy later. He got out from his Baghdad post physically unscathed and had some more relaxing postings after that. Montreal, then the Hague. He kept asking me to come visit him - we’d hang out in the States a couple of times a year or see each other in Iceland for CSM crap, but I didn’t have the time visit for whatever reason so I would always say ‘next year’. I missed Montreal, but had made real plans for the Hague... fuck.  

So.

Eve.

 

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I met VR first in Eve. Newer SA goons know him later for his mod spot in D&D. We were in Goonfleet.  He, me, and Solo Drakban are among... were among - the last of the old guard still playing. We first hung out in person back in 06, when he came by the DC area for some training; he’d been in Johannesburg for a while but I was living in Northern Virginia. The first time we hung out we went out to dinner, chilled, then realized that we didn’t have any mixers for drinks so we just began pounding vodka shots while playing EVE, killed a Caracal while we were in frigates, went to 1V- in Scalding Pass and trolled Lotka Volterra for being bad. The system had just fallen. 06. I’ve known him for more than six years.

If you play this stupid game, you may not realize it, but you play in a galaxy created in large part by Vile Rat’s talent as a diplomat. No one focused as relentlessly on using diplomacy as a strategic tool as VR. Mercenary Coalition flipped sides in the Great War in large part because of Vile Rat’s influence, and if that hadn’t happened GSF probably would have never taken out BoB. Jabberlon5? VR made it. You may not even know what Jabberlon5 is, but it’s the smoke-filled jabber room where every nullsec personage of note hangs out and makes deals. Goonswarm has succeeded over the years in large part because of VR’s emphasis on diplomacy, to the point of creating an entire section with a staff of 10+ called Corps Diplomatique, something no other alliance has. He had the vision and the understanding to see three steps ahead of everyone else - in the game, on the CSM, and when giving real-world advice.

Vile Rat was a spy for the Goonfleet Intelligence Agency. He infiltrated Lotka Volterra; he and I cooked up a scheme where we faked VR blowing up one of Sorenson’s haulers full of zydrine in Syndicate - this was back in 06 when zydrine mattered - and that proved to Lotka Volterra that he had gone ‘fuck goons’. BoB invaded Syndicate, then shortly thereafter GSF went to Insmother, allied with Red Alliance, and plowed over Lotka Volterra’s territory, all with Vile Rat’s aid. He came back in from the cold and became one of the most key players in the GSF directorate. His influence over the grand game and the affairs of Nullsec cannot be overstated. If you were an alliance leader of any consequence, you spoke to Vile Rat. You knew him. You may have been a friend or an enemy or a pawn in a greater game, but he touched every aspect of EVE in ways that 99% of the population will never understand.

He and I were on the CSM; he thought he was tired of it after CSM6 but then his wife decided she really enjoyed Iceland when she visited for Fanfest, and he was torqued at CSM7 so wanted to run in 8. I wanted nothing to do with it anymore, so he was going to be the GSF representative in the next go-round.

Fuck.

He was on jabber when it happened, that’s the most fucked up thing. In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened - incoming sirens, he’d vanish, we’d freak out and he’d come back ok after a bit. This time he said ‘FUCK’ and ‘GUNFIRE’ and then disconnected and never returned.

(11:48:19 PM) zastrow: when VR was in baghdad he'd always come into illum and be like
(11:48:23 PM) zastrow: FUCK MORTARS
(11:48:31 PM) zastrow: SIRENS AGAIN GOD DAMMIT
(11:48:39 PM) zastrow: and we'd laugh and he'd always come back a few minutes later
(11:48:49 PM) zastrow: :(

Then the major media began reporting on the consulate and embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt, and I freaked out and then it turned out that it was my friend of six years who helped build this alliance into what it is today since, the very beginning, starting out as one of my agents and growing to become the single most influential diplomat in the history of Eve, or perhaps of any online game.

I’m clearly in shock as I write this as everything is buzzing around my head funnily and I feel kind of dead inside. I’m not sure if this is how I’m supposed to react to my friend being killed by a mob in a post-revolutionary Libya, but it’s pretty awful and Sean was a great guy and he was a goddamned master at this game we all play, even though a lot of people may not realize how significant an influence he had. It seems kind of trivial to praise a husband, father, and overall badass for his skills in an internet spaceship game but that's how most of us know him, so there you go.

Shoot blues -> Tell Vile Rat.

RIP, my friend.

Goonswarm Federation CEO, Space Tyrant. Likes yoga, Alaskan Malamutes, bacon, and delegation.