As you grieve, remember that Vile Rat died doing what he loved, eating Libyan food and enraging people to the point of absurdity by his bare existence.It's purported that the source of this quote was a Goon, but I've been unable to find him. If you know the source, please say so in comments.
EDIT (18/Sep/2012): Thank you to a pair of commenters who provided the source of the quote: Hratli Smirks, on the Goon forums. The full text of his post has been provided in the comments.
I was pointed to the quote by the leader of my EVE corp. And it sums up the situation admirably: everything about VR's death is absurd.
I've used the words "senseless tragedy" to describe what happened in Libya, and that also sums things up. From the film-maker to his stupidly amateur film to the reaction that it's causing around the world to the fact that the protests around the film were allegedly used to mask a planned attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, everything about this is senseless and stupid. I am sad for our species that this sort of absurd chain of events results in the deaths and injuries of good people, and the pain this will cause their families. If anything shows that we're not yet collectively ready to go into space or converse with those that do, this is it.
Hopefully at some point in the future, we can put this sort of absurdity firmly into the realm of fiction where it belongs.
A fund has been set up for the benefit of Vile Rat's family:
I encourage you to participate and help if you can. You can confirm its validity here and here.