Kassig recalled as man who sought to help others

Kassig recalled as man who sought to help others


Hundreds attended a memorial service at Butler University to remember an Indiana aid worker killed by Islamic State militants in Syria last week.

Speakers during the 80-minute service recalled Peter Kassig, who in captivity changed his first name to Abdul-Rahman, as a good man, son, student and volunteer who dedicated himself to helping others.

Islamic Society of North America executive director Hazem Bata told those at the service they weren't there because of how Kassig died, but because of how he lived. He said Kassig lived a life of selflessness.

The 26-year-old was captured last year in eastern Syria while delivering relief supplies to refugees of Syria's civil war.

Speakers at Sunday's service praised his humanitarian work and urged others to use his life as inspiration.

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