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Family Says Slain Reporter Steven Sotloff Gave Voice to Voiceless

Updated: 09/04/2014 7:14 AM
Created: 09/04/2014 6:39 AM KSTP.com

The family of a journalist slain by Islamic State militants says Steven Sotloff dedicated his life to portraying the suffering of people in war zones, but was "no hero."
    
Family spokesman Barak Barfi told reporters gathered outside the family's suburban Miami home Wednesday that Sotloff "tried to find good concealed in a world of darkness," and to give voice to the weak and suffering in the Arab world.
    
A militant video released Tuesday showed the beheading of Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.
    
Barfi said Sotloff was "no war junkie," but was drawn to the stories of the turbulent Middle East.
    
Barfi said Sotloff's family was grieving, but have pledged to "not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapon they possess - fear."

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Students and supporters take part in a candle light vigil at the University of Central Florida, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., to honor Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to be beheaded by the Islamic State group in two weeks.
Photo: AP/John Raoux
This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group.
Photo: AP

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