Parents of slain US aid worker 'heartbroken'

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The parents of an American aid worker slain by Islamic State militants say they are "heartbroken" by his death but "incredibly proud" of his humanitarian work.

Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis said Sunday in a statement that 26-year-old Peter Kassig "lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering."

Kassig was captured last year while delivering relief supplies to refugees of Syria's civil war. The Indianapolis man converted to Islam while in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman.

The Kassigs say they are "incredibly proud of our son for living his life according to his humanitarian calling."

The White House confirmed Kassig's death Sunday after Islamic State militants released a video showing Kassig had been beheaded.


The White House says a review of a new Islamic State video confirms the death of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.

That announcement came Sunday as President Barack Obama flew back to Washington from Hawaii after a trip last week to the Asia Pacific region.

In the video released Sunday, a militant claimed to have killed the 26-year-old Kassig.

Kassig served in an Army special operations unit in Iraq and after he was medically discharged, he formed an aid organization in Turkey to help Syrian refugees.

The Indianapolis man delivered food and medical supplies, and provided care to wounded Syrian civilians before he was seized in eastern Syria last year.

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