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Friends, family praise Kayla for her empathy, compassion

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 01:10

Friends and family of Kayla Mueller react to news of her death in Syria, confirmed Tuesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Family and friends of Kayla Mueller, the U.S. air worker killed in Syria, recalled the 26-year-old's powerful empathy and compassion during a news conference in Prescott, Arizona on Tuesday (February 10). A childhood friend, a ministry mentor and aunts of Mueller appeared and all drew lines to the aid worker's desire to help and shine light on the suffering of the Syrian people. U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of Mueller, who had been held hostage by Islamic State militants, saying the United States would "find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible." Mueller's family also said in a statement that they were "heartbroken" to learn of her death and released a copy of a letter she had written in 2014 while in captivity. The comments by Obama and the family come four days after Islamic State said Mueller, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker from Arizona, was killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, although Jordan expressed doubt about the Islamist militant group's account of her death. Mueller was determined to have died after her Islamic State captors privately contacted her family over the weekend, a White House spokeswoman said.

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Friends, family praise Kayla for her empathy, compassion

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 01:10