NewsLocal News / November 16, 2014

Reaction To Death Of Abdul-Rahman Kassig

In statements released Sunday, local leaders offered prayers of support for the family of 26-year-old Abdul-Rahman Kassig, a Hoosier native and aid worker whose death at the hands of the Islamic State group was confirmed by the White House earlier in the day.Kassig2014-11-16T00:00:00-05:00

Gov. Pence Declares Official Period Of Mourning 

Gov. Mike Pence condemned the tragic murder of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig at the hands of ISIS, and issued the following statement:

"Today, all of Indiana mourns the tragic loss of an inspiring Hoosier and heroic American, Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig. The murder of Indiana's Abdul-Rahman Kassig at the hands of ISIS terrorists is an unspeakable act of barbarism and a tragedy that will be deeply felt by all the people of our state for many years to come.  

“Abdul-Rahman Kassig was one of us and he was the best of us. He was a lifelong Hoosier who was admired by all as a loving son, a dedicated student, an Army Ranger, and a compassionate humanitarian who risked his life to render medical aid to refugees in Syria and Lebanon. Karen and I offer our deepest condolences and prayers for this courageous young man, his loving family and friends during this time of heartbreak and loss. Indiana will never forget the service, compassion and sacrifice of Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig.”

Pence also declared an official period of mourning to begin on sunrise Monday and ordered that flags be lowered at state buildings all across Indiana to mark this tragic murder.


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard: World, Indianapolis Lost A Man Of Peace

"The world and Indianapolis today lost a man of peace at the hands of fanatics. Abdul-Rahman Kassig found his life calling bringing peace and comfort to his fellow Muslims in Syria. The thoughts and prayers of the civilized world go with Abdul-Rahman, his friends and family in Indianapolis, and those who are fighting terrorism around the world."


Butler University President, James Danko, Says Kassig Upheld Butler Ideal

"Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig had traveled to Lebanon in 2012 to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to those in need. He founded Special Emergency Response and Assistance, an aid organization for Syrian refugees. He approached life selflessly and courageously, and he upheld the Butler ideal of trying to make the world a better place.

"The Butler community joins millions around the world in prayer and support for the Kassig family and for Abdul-Rahman’s cause in the Middle East."




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