Adopted daughter of a former diplomat, John Negroponte charged with murder in Maryland stabbing

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A woman who was charged with first-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Maryland has been identified as the adopted daughter of the former united states ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte.

Sophia Negroponte, 27, was arrested on Thursday night in the death of 24-year-old Yousuf Rasmussen. WTTG reported that Rasmussen was pronounced dead at the scene, in the suburb of the city of Rockville, shortly after 11 a.m.

Sophia Negroponte
(Montgomery County Police Department)

Police sources told the station that Negroponte and Rasmussen were the people who were involved in a heated argument. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 240-773-5070.

John Negroponte served as ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Iraq on a diplomatic career, for the better part of five decades. He has served as a deputy national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan and was ambassador to the U. N. in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

John Negroponte served in various high-level positions under five presidents.
(Fox Business)

Negroponte has served in that position until June of 2004, and was named the U.S. ambassador to Iraq next month. In 2005, Negroponte was the first Director of National Intelligence, has been appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of state in February 2007, a position he held for the remainder of the George W. Bush administration.


In a 2007 Washington Post profile noted that Negroponte and his wife, Diana, had been adopted five orphaned or abandoned Honduran children.” The story is quoted as ” Sophia, 13, saying, “I am the last one to be accepted.”

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