Mourners Gather at Miami Home of Slain Journalist

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
September 3, 2014

PINECREST, Fla. (AP) -- Neighbors are paying respects at the family home of an American journalist apparently beheaded in the Middle East.

The parents of Steven Sotloff didn't come out of their suburban Miami home Tuesday after Islamic State militants released a video purportedly showing his execution.

Police officers blocked the driveway as reporters gathered outside.

Neighbor Pepe Cazas said "everyone is grieving." He said he had been praying for Sotloff.

Sotloff's mother released a video statement last week begging the militants to release her son. He had been kidnapped over a year ago while working as a freelance reporter covering the Syrian conflict.

Sotloff attended the University of Central Florida, leaving in 2004. He published articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya in many publications, including Time.com, the World Affairs Journal and Foreign Policy.


News Release: Associated Press
September 2, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) -- An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed Tuesday and entitled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.


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