As a long time EVE Player and CSM representative Vile Rat was a very well known and respected player. Unfortunately I didn't know him, but I certainly knew of him.
Vile Rat's real job was working at the Libyan US Consulate for the US State department, making him a hero both in game and out. As you may know the Libyan Consulate was stormed by idiot protestors upset about some pathetic movie that no one would have ever seen had they not protested and killed over it. In the protest Sean Smith aka Vile Rat was killed.
The bitter sweet, and really uplifting part of this is that the EVE community is coming together to make a statement and an amazing gift to Sean Smiths Wife and Children.
At the time of this article they have already raised over $60,000 dollars to help support his family and fund their children's college expenses and as soon as I hit the "Publish" button on this article EVE Pro Guides will be making a contribution as well.