Woods, a Portland native and Oregon City High School graduate, retired from the Navy SEALs in 2010.
The State Department identified the others killed as Ambassador Chris Stevens, security staffer Glen A. Doherty and information manager Sean Smith. Doherty also was a former Navy SEAL and paramedic who had protected Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere
Bennett was visiting friends in Bend when she got the call from her former husband and Woods’ father, Charles E. Woods. She returned home to Oregon City to catch a flight Thursday night to Washington D.C., where she will receive her son’s body.
"I felt like a wounded animal, like someone severed a part of me," Bennett said when she heard the news.
"Even though these guys are in a dangerous occupation, you never think you'll get that phone call," she later added. "But then it happens."
Woods is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter and Kai; and other relatives. Woods' wife declined to comment Thursday when reached on the phone.
He was born in Portland and spent his youth in locations around Oregon and Washington, Bennett said. The family included a younger sister, Tiffany Woods.
Woods graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989. He competed on the high school wrestling team and placed third in the state as a senior in the 142-pound weight class, his mother said.
In 1990, Woods joined the U.S. Navy and moved to California. In doing so, he declined a partial wrestling scholarship at Clackamas Community College, Bennett said.
"He was always looking for a challenge and always looking to push himself," she said. "He didn't feel like he would get that here."
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